How Afrophobia exposes the battle between history and myth

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South Africa’s spectacular wealth was built on the blood and sweat of people from southern and central Africa. Photo: Elizabeth Sejake
South Africa’s spectacular wealth was built on the blood and sweat of people from southern and central Africa. Photo: Elizabeth Sejake

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A man was lynched on the night of April 6. A “foreign national” – an African in Africa – burnt to death.

His public lynching was the logical conclusion and combustion of the flames the Operation Dudula movement had been stoking. Before the blaze, people came banging on Zimbabwean migrant Elvis Nyathi’s door, demanding to see passports.

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