[ View the story "South Africa’s immigrants under attack" on Storify] South Africa’s immigrants under attack What is fueling anti-immigrant violence and what will it take to stop it?
The Stream· Tue, Apr 21 2015 16:22:14
Thousands have fled their homes in search of safety after violence
many immigrant neighbourhoods throughout Durban, South Africa. The violence
last week following the release of recorded comments made
by Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini, who
foreign nationals should "go back to their countries". Although King Zwelithini said media outlets "misinterpreted" his remarks and has
the wave of anti-immigrant violence, some have
him of stoking
King Goodwill Zwelithini says foreigners must goFLxlykvPMuECtWFZKROxGw
the king was never misinterpreted he did said it with his own mouth and the media did quote him very well its on his own words that state officials are trying to sanitise what has been already messed ,however in future people like the King should always have a personal assistant to always prepare public speeches for themMunya Sabau
The spate of violence has caused the deaths of 8 people and, according to the UN Refugee Agency,
approximately 5,000 others. In January, looters
shops owned by foreign nationals in Johannesburg and, in 2008, more than 60 people died after mobs
immigrant-owned businesses. Some
" attitudes have become prevalent in South African society.
Only the unscrupulous foreigners, those who are destroying the moral values of SA must peacefully go back to their countries.Adel_v_Rams
Official data suggests approximately 2 million immigrants
among South Africa's population of 51 million. However, other estimates put the number at 5 million. Under the banners of
and other hashtags, many people have taken to the streets to rally against xenophobia and
South African President Jacob Zuma to
The government must do more to enforce our border patrol. There's too many foreigners all over SA without proper documents. #NoToXenophobiaNeö Wiz Mine Aveiro™
With a working population of more than 33 million and unemployment at 24 per cent, others have
the "Rainbow Nation's" troubled economy as major cause of
between South Africans and immigrants. Although some accuse immigrants of
taking jobs away
from locals, a 2010 study published in the South African Journal of Economic and Management Sciences found many African immigrant entrepreneurs
Only in #SA will you find an uneducated villager blaming a qualified medical doctor from a different country for his/her unemploymentPsychedMedia
On Facebook, Marion Friedenthal
the violence, but took issue with the notion immigrants perform jobs "lazy" South Africans refuse to do.
And I'm not sucking this out of my thumb as a 'privileged white'. I have lived in Malvern, Johannesburg, with more foreign nationals in the houses surrounding mine than South Africans. I have worked in a section of Johannesburg that is overrun with ILLEGAL foreigners employed in jobs South Africans, even uneducated, could do. Our children are starving while yours get to live on that +R6 billion, untaxed, per year. Don't try tell me South Africans are lazy you arrogant bunch!! Black South Africans worked to build this country under Apartheid. They are willing to work under democracy.facebook
The Stream asked: how are South Africans and people inside South Africa talking about the attacks?
@AJStream these xenophobic attacks are a disgrace to my nation and what's worse is that the people carrying out these attacks are uneducatedLeslie
@AJStream we have moved from a state of shock to utter shame and dismay. People are starting to stand up are calling out the violenceSiyabonga Ndlovu
@AJStream and I must say that I haven't met any South African that believes all foreigners must leave. All I know are against the attacksRobert Lange
How will it affect the relationship between South Africa and other African nations?
@AJStream in Malawi we're boycotting S.African owned companies&shops on 24th,Demonstrating at the S.A embassy today in the capital lilongweTheLastPrinceofMj
@AJStream We cnt do much about the killing of Nigerians in South Africa but we can stop patronizing all South African companies in Nigeria.Mercy Atolagbe
@AJStream some countries can't survival minus SA's help so de majority won't pull out they are puppets of SAs economy apart 4rm Nigeria...Grace Mbewe