Deeper issues behind xenophobia revealed

2017-03-15 06:03

UNEMPLOYMENT, crime, sexuality, religion and cultural differences are some of the main sources of tension that inflame xenophobic violence.

The report on xenophobia in Pietermaritzburg was released last Thursday by the Pietermaritzburg Agency for Community Social Agency (Pacsa), the Sinomlando Centre for Oral History and Memory Work and the Centre for Adult Education at UKZN.

Pacsa director Mervyn Abrahams said that a lack of resources and inadequate supply of public services fuels violence.

“Tension between local people and foreign nationals have happened in black communities, the assumption is made that only black South Africans are xenophobic. This needs to be questioned. If some people are involved in acts of violence, it is not because they are black,it is because they are poor.”

Nokuzola Ngubane, said she volunteered with the hope that the research will come up with solutions to end the violence.

“I took part because I wanted to change the misconceptions around foreign nationals. There are stories of drugs, foreign men who impregnate women and foreigners being accused of stealing jobs. This is not true and we need to realise this.”

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