Xenophobia: Violence against Foreign Nationals and other Outsiders in Contemporary South Africa

Prepared by Tara Polza, this brief summarises state of the art research and is intended to inform discussions and debates surrounding human mobility in Southern Africa.

From 11 to 26 May 2008, foreign nationals and ethnic minorities were attacked in at least 138 sites across South Africa. This resulted in 62 reported deaths. At least a third of those killed (21) were South African citizens from ethnic minorities. In addition to the murders, over a hundred thousand people were displaced and millions of Rand of property were damaged or stolen. Since then, almost every month there has been at least one attack on groups of foreign nationals. Organisations working with migrants regularly report threats of renewed large-scale: ‘Xenophobic’ violence is a serious ongoing concern.

Title: ‘Xenophobia’: Violence against Foreign Nationals and other ‘Outsiders’ in Contemporary South Africa 

Author: Tara Polzer

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