Xenophobic attacks erupted in Sydenham and Overport in KwaZulu-Natal this month. South Africans are saying that foreigners are stealing their jobs and that they accept small amounts in salaries. Locals also say illegal immigrants are the cause of high crime rate in South Africa. Immigrants were beaten up; their shops were looted, and their homes destroyed. Authorities and party leaders have condemned the violence.
“African Unity is what will make us proud. Stop the self hate” said Julius Malema, Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) party leader.
The President of South Africa Cyril Ramaphosa has also condemned the violence and called upon law enforcement agencies to find and prosecute the people involved in the attacks. A Malawian told one of the local news that he will go back home with a heavy heart. Authorities are saying Xenophobia is being fueled by social media fake news. They have warned South Africans to be wary of what they read or see on social media. They say fake videos and images are ruining South Africa’s brand and the tourism sector.