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Loren Landau | Laying SA’s woes at the feet of foreign nationals

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Civil organisations marched to Nigerian Embassy last month calling on government to put South Africa first and send foreign nationals 'back home'.
Civil organisations marched to Nigerian Embassy last month calling on government to put South Africa first and send foreign nationals 'back home'.
Alex Mitchley

While foreign nationals are scapegoated for a variety of issues that are wrong in the country, xenophobic violence has a lasting impact on all South Africans, often leading to anti-democratic township governance, writes Loren Landau.

On 25 March 2019, the South African government launched its National Action Plan Against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance.

Fittingly referred to as the NAP, it came more than 15 years after the Durban Racism Conference urged "states to establish and implement, without delay, national policies and action plans to combat racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance..."

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