SA’s black apartheid

The minds of xenophobic South Africans work in binaries of ‘us and them’, ‘insider and outsider’, ‘employed and unemployed’


Pupils piece together the puzzle fragments of Africa

2015-05-23 16:28

The final round of the Jigsaw Puzzle Association of SA's ‘Afrika Day’ Puzzle Challenge has gotten off to an exciting start, with twenty Grade 7 pupils vying to be named winners.

Controversial Operation Fiela conducted in Kagiso

2015-05-22 18:34

The controversial Operation Fiela continues with police moving into Kagiso on the West Rand.

Zuma apologises to Mozambicans for xenophobic violence

2015-05-20 16:52

President Jacob Zuma has apologised to Mozambicans for a recent outbreak of xenophobic violence in which at least seven people died and hundreds of migrants were forced to flee their homes.

Xenophobia: SA ‘ignored’ red flags as far back as 2007

2015-05-20 16:16

Xenophobia was identified as a problem in South Africa even before the first wave of xenophobic attacks erupted in 2008 – but politicians did not take up the issue.


Judge tells murderer he might meet Jesus in prison

2015-05-20 16:03

Judge Sipho Sithole has sentenced a man to life imprisonment for murder after he shot a foreign shopkeeper in 2010, telling Bongani Mjoki Mnisi his actions had promoted xenophobia.

Sithole family: If they apologise, we'll forgive them

2015-05-19 12:08

Emmanuel Sithole's family say they are pleased that his alleged killers had been denied bail but are not happy about the tension they feel between themselves and the families of the murder-accused.

SA, it is time to get tough on Africa

2015-05-19 08:00

Our policy of quiet diplomacy is being seen as a sign of weakness by other nations in Africa. We must speak out against their failures and not blindly allow ourselves to be swamped by their refugees

Govt: Over 5 000 foreign nationals chose to leave

2015-05-17 14:17

A total of 5 645 foreign nationals have voluntarily left South Africa, with the bulk of them being Malawians, government says.

Vavi lays into 'Operation Fiela'

2015-05-16 15:58

Former Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi has slammed the state’s “Operation Fiela”, insisting that it feeds public perceptions that migrants are to blame for social ills.

Rights coalition slams Operation Fiela

2015-05-12 20:12

Naming a police and army operation which arrests foreigners ''Operation Fiela'', which translates to ''clean sweep'', implies that those arrested are ''rubbish'' and is counter to government's commitment to crack down on xenophobia, a rights coalition says..

SANDF raids case stands down for possible settlement

2015-05-12 13:32

Lawyers for Human Rights has asked that its urgent application relating to securing access to a group of people arrested during police and SANDF raids in Johannesburg be stood down for a possible settlement.

Migrants must play fair - Joburg mayor

2015-05-06 18:27

Mayor Parks Tau says migrants who come to Johannesburg with the intention to build businesses and offer services are good for the city - as long as they play fair.

Malema’s Zim appearance called off over xenophobia

2015-05-05 16:56

EFF leader Julius Malema’s speaking engagement at a conference in Harare has been cancelled at short notice after delegates boycotted the event due to the xenophobic attacks in South Africa.

Emmanuel Sithole was his real name - sister

2015-05-04 12:44

Mozambican national Emmanuel Sithole, who was murdered in Alexandra, was not using a fake name, his family says.

A place to call home

2015-05-04 10:00

Since leaving the land of his birth, Sure Kamhunga has learnt to like – and love – this country and its people

Machel vs Mugabe: What would happen if countries opened their borders?

2015-05-03 18:59

What happens when two southern Africa giants pit themselves against each other? Robert Mugabe and Graça Machel couldn’t seem like more polar opposites if they tried. And their recent comments on migration in the region reinforce their differences.

The fight is for bread

2015-05-03 15:00

The attacks in our country are shamefully sad, awfully abhorrent, criminal and malicious.

Xenophobia is only the beginning

2015-05-01 07:41

Xenophobia has contributed to our great fall, but responsibility can and should also be attributed to the way we’ve conditioned ourselves to deal with problems, says Kgaugelo Mokgehle.

Zuma, Jonathan discuss recent developments

2015-04-30 14:11

President Jacob Zuma has had a telephonic discussion with outgoing Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan after the two countries' relationship took strain during xenophobic violence in South Africa.

Zwelithini remains mum on ICC complaint

2015-04-30 12:50

A spokesperson for the Royal Zulu household says the monarch would not be drawn into commenting on a complaint of hate speech laid against King Goodwill Zwelithini by a Nigerian human rights organisation.

More arrests in Thembelihle raid

2015-04-30 11:29

Some of the approximately 100 people arrested during a raid at the Thebelihle informal settlement near Lenasia, south of Johannesburg are wanted for various crimes in the area such as robberies and murders.

80 arrested in Thembelihle raid

2015-04-30 08:47

More than 80 people have been arrested in a raid at the Thembelihle informal settlement near Lenasia, south of Johannesburg.

Raid conducted in Thembelihle informal settlement

2015-04-30 05:48

Soldiers, police officers, metro police and home affairs officials have conducted a raid in the Thembelihle informal settlement near Lenasia, south of Johannesburg.

eThekwini approves R10m aid for victims of xenophobic attacks

2015-04-29 18:31

The eThekwini Municipality has announced that a budget of R10m has been approved to assist with relief projects for foreign nationals who have been displaced during the recent xenophobic attacks.

Youth, women must be empowered - Mugabe

2015-04-29 17:46

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has opened a SADC summit on regional industrial growth with a call for the empowerment of youths and women - but no mention of the xenophobic violence in SA.

Zwelithini's advisers to investigate xenophobia complaints before responding

2015-05-20 15:41

King Goodwill Zwelithini’s advisers will investigate the “genuineness" and "fairness” of the complaints made against him before responding, says Judge Jerome Ngwenya, who is leading the king’s team of advisers.

Foreign-owned shops burnt, looted in Free State

2015-05-19 10:41

A confrontation involving a South African woman married to a foreign national has resulted in 11 people being arrested, three shops being burnt down and at least 18 shops looted near the Free State town of Petrus Steyn.

Sithole's alleged killers denied bail

2015-05-18 11:22

Two men accused of killing Mozambican national Emmanuel Josias Sithole have been denied bail in the Alexandra Magistrate's Court.

Xenophobia a symptom of a bigger problem

2015-05-16 09:24

The xenophobic violence is indicative of Africa’s larger situation, that of economic and political institutions, says Jonathan Brady.

Lawyers for Human Rights gets access to foreigners arrested in raids

2015-05-12 14:40

The department of home affairs and the police have narrowly escaped a contempt of court order by agreeing to let Lawyers for Human Rights consult with between 200 to 400 foreign nationals arrested in raids last week.

Why are we surprised at xenophobia?

2015-05-11 08:20

In SA, xenophobia is a logical bye product of a state lacking economic nous, societal insights and the capacity to manage complex affairs, says Martin Warburg.

Foreigners here legally need housing too – Lindiwe Sisulu

2015-05-07 16:21

If South Africa is to heal itself of the long-term effects of xenophobia, it must find a way to ensure that those who are in the country legally have somewhere to live.

Parliament to investigate xenophobia (again)

2015-05-06 13:39

Parliament has established an ad hoc committee to investigate the recent wave of xenophobic attacks that took place in some areas of the country last month, with a focus on their causes.

200 foreign nationals refuse to be relocated

2015-05-04 19:42

About 200 foreign nationals who sought a safe haven at a refugee camp during the recent xenophobic violence that rocked Durban are refusing to be relocated.

Jossias murder accused abandon bail bid

2015-05-04 10:59

The four men accused of killing Mozambican national Manuel Jossias, initially identified as Emmanuel Sithole, have abandoned their bail bid in the Alexandra Magistrate's Court.

Jossias murder accused back in court

2015-05-04 05:25

Four men accused of killing Mozambican national Manuel Jossias, initially identified as Emmanuel Sithole, are expected back in the Alexandra Magistrate's Court.

Gauteng to open office to help foreign nationals

2015-05-01 16:20

The Gauteng government will establish an office to help foreign nationals, as part of plans to curb xenophobic violence, the province's infrastructure development MEC says.

Final tally of arrests after Thembelihle raid

2015-04-30 14:25

More than 200 people have been arrested during a raid at the Thembelihle informal settlement near Lenasia, south of Johannesburg.

Xenophobia: Malema heads to Zimbabwe

2015-04-30 13:00

EFF leader Julius Malema is reportedly set to visit Zimbabwe next week, where he is expected to talk about the recent xenophobic attacks that rocked parts of South Africa.

It's whites living better lives in SA, says Mugabe

2015-04-30 12:18

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has reportedly said that only white people are "living better lives" in South Africa while black Africans are "still very low".

Wives' club fights SA xenophobia

2015-04-30 08:47

It is not a book club, a yoga club or a theatre club, but about 100 South African wives rely on their own social group to meet and share their experience of prejudice for being married to foreigners.

Mugabe criticises migrant workers at SADC summit

2015-04-30 07:44

Attacks on immigrants living in South Africa dominated a regional summit in Zimbabwe, with President Robert Mugabe criticising workers who seek new lives in Johannesburg and other SA cities.

Zuma briefs SADC summit on measures to deal with xenophobia

2015-04-29 21:05

President Jacob Zuma has briefed southern African heads of state gathered for a summit in Harare about measures his government is taking to stop a recurrence of the recent xenophobic attacks in Durban and Johannesburg, Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe says.

Manuel's killers have left us broken - Sithole family

2015-04-29 18:31

The people who killed Mozambican national Manuel Jossias, initially identified as Emmanuel Sithole, in Alexandra have left his family broken, his sister says.

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