Tonight with Lester Podcast

Is South Africa, a Xenophobic Country?


Guest : Loren Landau | Researcher at African Center for Migration and Society | Last week the Home Affairs Department said undocumented foreign nationals arrested during a police raid in the Johannesburg CBD would be appearing to court on Monday (today) At least 600 people were handcuffed during there police raids against counterfeit goods allegedly being sold at various stores. When the police swooped in shops belonging to foreign nationals, comments were raised about why they are being targeted in particular. Today we found out that out of the 659 people arrested, 487 are undocumented migrants. At the same time Xenophobia, and other ways of dehumanising vulnerable minorities, have been central to the rise of the far right across the planet in recent years. The question we want to ask today is: Is how are South Africans being affected by this and are we a Xenophobic nation? Prof. Loren Landau is a researcher for the African Center for Migration and Society Joins me on the line now to talk about this.

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