More than 400 people have been arrested for looting during xenophobia-related violence and the death toll is rising.
Is it xenophobia, Afrophobia or pure hatred?
Eusebius McKaiser facilitates a conversation with Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) Gauteng provincial chairperson Amos Monyela, Commission for Governance & Politics for African Diaspora Forum chairman Ngqabutha Mabena and senior research specialist at Human Science Council of SA working in democracy & governance & service delivery research programme Dr Steven Gordon.
South Africans are not exhibiting afro hatred. They found themselves in a space where their socio-economic challenge have not been looked at by the powers that be and this is not a South African phenomenon. It is an African phenomenon where all African leaders are self-serving.— Amos Monyela, Gauteng provincial chairperson - Cosatu
You are in a continent that is rich in minerals and agriculture but the mismanagement by the leadership of the continent is a problem. It creates this kind of a thing— Amos Monyela, Gauteng provincial chairperson - Cosatu
The discussion we are having currently we look into the criminality part of it and we are not looking into the main issues that cause the crisis that we find ourself in.— Amos Monyela, Gauteng provincial chairperson - Cosatu
Mabena says he has not really experienced hatred in the country over the years that he has been here.
There is this unity over the years among migrants and South Africans but then, yes, there are criminal elements and also the competition for resources in poor communities.— Ngqabutha Mabena, Chairman - Commission for Governance & Politics for African Diaspora Forum
The reality is that there are concerns that we must underline and there are genuine concerns in terms of the economic direction this country is taking. You have 30% unemployment, you have competition for little resources and you have thousands of migrants who are not documented, it is a reality.— Ngqabutha Mabena, Chairman - Commission for Governance & Politics for African Diaspora Forum
Dr Gordon warns against making simple binaries.
Many South Africans hold anti-immigrant views. They hold very negative views of immigration. They hold negative views of international migrant communities. Often these views have specific bias against certain African communities, the Nigerian, Somalian and Zimbabwean communities.— Dr Steven Gordon, Human Sciences Research Council
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