Fears Over the South African Government’s Response to the Xenophobia Crisis

The xenophobic violence that started on 11 May 2008 came as a big shock to the people of South Africa and, judging from its response, it came as a surprise to the state. Since the beginning of this year, isolated incidents of xenophobic violence were reported in Mamelodi, Attridgeville and Diepsloot, all in the Gauteng province. The reaction to these incidents came mostly from local government level and there was no response from the national government...

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