Xenophobia in South Africa: Nigerians React Back To Xenophobic Attacks
Just when we thought Xenophobia in South Africa had been in a controlled state, there came an up-rise.
Prior to 1994, immigrants from elsewhere faced discrimination and even violence in South Africa. After democratisation in 1994, contrary to expectations, the incidence of xenophobia increased. Between 2000 and March 2008, at least 67 people died in what were identified as xenophobic attacks.
Recently, in 2017, Xenophobic attacks have risen again. Earlier this month, several attacks were raided in the Gauteng province. The Gauteng Provincial Police Commissioner, Lieutenant General Deliwe de Lange on Thursday annouced that 42 people who were linked to the violence in Rosettenville have been apprehended.
According to information from the police, 27 of the arrested people were undocumented foreign nationals. They further indicated that one of the detainees had in his possession an illegal firearm. Another 14 were arrested for possession of drugs or dealing in drugs.
See Nigeria’s response to these attacks on the next page.