False beliefs drive xenophobia in South Africa - and education only helps up to a point

SOURCE: HSRC Review
OUTPUT TYPE: Journal Article
PUBLICATION YEAR: 2019
TITLE AUTHOR(S): A.Teagle
KEYWORDS: MIGRANTS, VIOLENCE, XENOPHOBIA
DEPARTMENT: Office of the CEO (ERM), Office of the CEO (OCEO), Office of the CEO (IL), Office of the CEO (BS), Office of the CEO (IA)
Web link: http://www.hsrc.ac.za/en/review/hsrc-review-sept-2019/false-beliefs-drive-xenophobia
Print: HSRC Library: shelf number 11059

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Abstract

In September 2019, a fresh spate of deadly xenophobic violence swept Gauteng, just months after the government launched a national action plan to combat xenophobia and other forms of discrimination. While dissatisfaction with service delivery is often said to drive xenophobia, a recent HSRC study failed to find evidence to support this assertion. Instead, intolerance was most strongly linked to false beliefs about migrants. In some ways, this appears a truism. But the finding also contains important insights for how intolerance might best be tackled.