There have been ongoing conversations around gender-based violence and there has been a spike in attacks on foreign nationals.
President Cyril Ramaphosa's response to these issues has raised questions about his leadership.
Eusebius McKaiser speaks to political analyst Karima Brown and public law professor Richard Calland to give insight on what has been happening in the country.
Brown says the president's project is gaining ground in the African National Congress (ANC) slowly but not fast enough.
The president's agenda within the ANC is not as in control as it should be. That is why he would apologise for xenophobia and Ace Magashule would say there is no such thing as xenophobia and it is just criminality.— Karima Brown, Political analyst
Calland says Ramaphosa, like any president in South Africa, has two hats to wear.
He is the president of the country and the president of the ANC.— Richard Calland, Law professor
Listen further to hear this interesting conversation on whether the president is in charge or not: