Xenophobia, like racism, must be treated as a crime

CATEGORY: Democracy, Governance and Service Delivery
DATE: 25 September 2019
AUTHOR: Daily Maverick

Persecuting foreigners is contrary to SA’s constitutional promise that the country belongs to all who live in it. Analysis by Themba Masuku

In many ways, xenophobia is no different from racism. Its victims suffer real harm. Those who commit these crimes are motivated by prejudice, intolerance, ignorance and hatred based on people’s identities. Xenophobia and Afrophobia – the hatred of foreigners from other African countries – are forms of racism. Victims of xenophobia, as with racism, are excluded, discriminated against and marginalised.

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