SA politicians stoke the flames of xenophobia in macabre spectacle to woo back voters

SA politicians stoke the flames of xenophobia in macabre spectacle to woo back voters

In a macabre spectacle, South Africa’s political parties are competing to be in sync with anti-migrant views, encouraging xenophobia in an attempt to woo back voters after being snubbed in last year’s local government elections. In the months before South Africa was freed from the ugliest effects of apartheid’s yoke in 1994, more than 14,000 deaths and 22,000 injuries took place, many of them due to apartheid state-sponsored violence . While that peace has held for the most part, violent conflagrations erupt occasionally, threatening the tenuous peace holding the country together.

That “peace dividend” ushered in by the black-led ANC […]

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