Intolerable cruelty: anti-immigrant sentiment in KwaZulu-Natal

SOURCE: HSRC Review
OUTPUT TYPE: Journal Article
PUBLICATION YEAR: 2015
TITLE AUTHOR(S): S.Gordon, B.Roberts, J.Struwig
KEYWORDS: IMMIGRATION, KWAZULU-NATAL, XENOPHOBIA, XENOPHOBIC ATTACKS
DEPARTMENT: Democracy, Governance and Service Delivery (DGSD)
Web link: http://www.hsrc.ac.za/en/review/hsrc-review-april-to-june-2015/intolerable-cruelty-in-kzn
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Abstract

What is the xenophobic sentiment that underlies the recent violent attacks on foreign shop-owners throughout eThekwini, resulting in several deaths and the displacement of thousands? Steven Gordon, Benjamin Roberts and Jare Struwig reflect on attitudes towards foreign nationals over the last decade, with a particular focus on KwaZulu-Natal, relative to other provinces. These incidents by no means represent the first instance that anti-immigrant violence has occurred in KwaZulu-Natal, and have provoked national reflection on, and concern about, the character of our society.