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09 April 2015

Xenophobia and integration: Fear, near and far – Part II: South Africa and the living past

In recent months, amidst the hope that accompanies a newly dawned year, South Africans were borne back into the shame of a past moment. Once again the language of fear, reprisal and ultimately assault became a part of our national dialogue as the word “xenophobia” dominated news headlines. Moreover, these attacks gave lie to the belief that the outbreaks of 2008 were a unique moment – an aberration, both shameful and easily vanquished. Instead we are forced to pause and once more search deeply for the systemic problems still at play.

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