- The spotlight has been flung on xenophobia in recent times, with protests flaring up in the Gauteng region
- Some are adamant that foreign nationals bring crime and destruction with them to South Africa
- Others are unconvinced, insisting that peace among African nations should reign
Xenophobia in South Africa has been making headlines with the violent protests in Gauteng paving the way for increased tension.
Briefly.co.za reported that the death of a taxi driver who had confronted a foreign drug dealer had sparked outrage in the community.
The fallout from this incident included protests, looting of shops and buildings set on fire, all predominantly focused on foreign nationals.
The situation has seemingly escalated out of control, with fellow African countries calling for the violence to stop. Citizens in countries like Nigeria, Malawi and Zambia have responded in kind with attacks being reported on South African businesses like PEP, Shoprite and MTN.
Government officials have denied xenophobia as the cause of the protests in South Africa, blaming crime for the violence.
With Gauteng Premier David Makhura threatening to bring in the South African National Defence Force to reinstate order, the situation seems likely to escalate before it is resolved.
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