n AfricaGrowth Agenda - The economics of xenophobia - : editor's letter

Volume 2008, Issue 7
  • ISSN : 1811-5187


In May and June this year xenophobia, which has been raising its ugly head in South Africa immediately after the 1994 elections finally, violently, took centre stage. The pictures of African immigrants, horrifically, killed in xenophobic attacks were splashed across the world's media. The speed at which the xenophobic attacks took place, starting in Alexander Township, took "everyone including the government by surprise". The question is whether we, as South Africans, were surprised that a section of our communities turned on other Africans and in a number of cases killed them for nothing other than the reason that the victims were foreigners in our country.

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