The South African Institute of Race Relations (SAIRR) says there has been little change in the environment that gave rise to the xenophobia attacks of 2008.
SAIRR spokesperson, Catherine Schulze, says the institute is not predicting an outbreak of violence, as there is not enough information to do so.
Schulze argues that poverty, unemployment, and incomes indicators have not shifted significantly since 2008, while high levels of crime and violence are an everyday reality in many poor communities.
"At the same time, reports of increased threats, some disguised as jokes and idle banter, create an enabling environment for a renewed series of attacks," she explains.
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