There has been a recent upsurge in violence against migrants in South Africa, but how common are such attacks?
Xenophobia has reared its ugly head in the rainbow nation. African nations have had enough.
This week at least 10 people were killed, and hundreds arrested in a spasm of xenophobic violence and looting in Johannesburg, Pretoria and elsewhere in the country.
Much of the violence and crime targeted foreign African migrants from countries such as Nigeria, Ethiopia, Zambia and Kenya.
And of course, there is a difference between feeling separated from the continent and its people and violence against African Migrants.
In a divided nation like South Africa, where racism is universally and rightly condemned, the prejudice against foreigners is out in the open.
I am often told by South Africans that “foreigners are to blame for crime, drugs, importing fake goods, taking people’s jobs and their wives.
That casual xenophobia crosses racial lines and income brackets. And attacks on foreigners so frequent, they don’t always generate headlines.
who is to blame for this menace?..
South African Politicians, Security chiefs, traditional leaders, foreigners?