Xenophobia: Danger Brewing for 2016 Elections

In a xenophobic atmosphere ripe for political exploitation, only a few stand to lose as much as foreign nationals, argues De Wet

In a xenophobic atmosphere ripe for political exploitation, only a few stand to lose as much as foreign nationals.

In his analysis, Phillip de Wet, says that foreign traders in some Gauteng townships say they are trading normally, following an incident in which their spaza shops were cleared out by mobs as police stood idle or – in a small number of cases – were accused of aiding and abetting looters.

De Wet maintains that even as Soweto seem to be normalising, and promises of firmer police action came thick and fast at the time, foreign nationals across the province flagged local politics as a continuing threat to their safety.

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Source: 
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