Posts In: xenophobia

OP-ED: Why xenophobia is bad for the health of all in South Africa

April 3, 2020 0 Comments

South Africa mustn’t forget the public — and that includes migrants and refugees — in its public health response to COVID-19, writes ACMS director, Associate Professor Jo Vearey.

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Telling the complex story of “medical xenophobia” in South Africa

December 17, 2019 0 Comments

maHp/ACMS doctoral researcher Kuda Vanyoro shares insights from his recent research on “medical xenophobia”, conducted in Musina. His study findings suggest that the experiences of non-nationals in South Africa’s public health care system are more complex and varied than implied by the dominant discourse on “medical xenophobia”.

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In sickness and in health: why the Minister of Home Affairs has a duty of care to tackle endemic anti-foreigner sentiment

October 1, 2019 0 Comments

Many of South Africa’s government officials have contracted a dangerous, highly contagious and apparently incurable disease. Symptoms include espousing anti-foreigner sentiments and scapegoating non-nationals for failures of the state, while simultaneously denying that xenophobia exists in the country.

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PODCAST: 702’s ‘The Political Desk’ interview with Rebecca Walker

September 12, 2019 0 Comments

“To suggest that foreign nationals are grabbing jobs from South Africans is not supported by the research”, says maHp/ACMS postdoctoral fellow Rebecca Walker, during her recent interview with Talk Radio 702’s Bongani Bingwa, on ‘The Political Desk’ show, about xenophobia and migration in South Africa.

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OP-ED: South Africa is burning: femicide, xenophobia and protests

September 5, 2019 0 Comments

Over the past few days South Africa’s major cities have burst into flames. This is not new. Co-ordinated and sporadic acts of violence linked to service delivery protests, xenophobic sentiments and public outrage are part of the DNA of post-apartheid South African politics.

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CfP for 8th European Conference on African Studies (Edinburgh, 11-14 June 2019)

January 9, 2019 0 Comments

The call for papers for the 8th European Conference on African Studies (ECAS) themed ‘Africa: Connections and Disruptions’, is now open with the deadline for abstracts being Monday, 21 January 2019 (11pm CET).

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Voetsek! screening sparks dialogue

July 13, 2018 0 Comments

In commemoration of World Refugee Day (20 June), ACMS screened Voetsek! Us, Brothers?, which was a documentary shot telling the in-depth stories of victims and perpetrators of xenophobic violence during 2008 and 2015 in South Africa.

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“Voetsek! Us, Brothers?” Screening

June 12, 2018 0 Comments

The Migration and Health Project (maHp) of the African Centre for Migration & Society (ACMS), at the University of the Witwatersrand invites you to the screening of Voetsek! Us, Brothers?

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[Re]-presenting knowledge: The coverage of xenophobia research in selected South African newspapers, 2008 -2013

May 3, 2018 0 Comments

This study explores the [re]-presentation of xenophobia research findings in two popular South African newspapers: the Mail & Guardian and the Sowetan from 2008 to 2013.

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“Billions against migration” learn from South Africa

March 21, 2017 0 Comments

Listen to a podcast of ACMS /maHp researcher Zaheera Jinnah being interviewed by ARD.de on the lessons Germany and the European Union (EU) as a whole could learn from South Africa’s experience with migrants and refugees.

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Xenophobic Violence Reveals a Crisis in Policing and Leadership

March 10, 2017 0 Comments

The ongoing unrest and violence in South Africa’s urban areas and townships emphasises, once again, the breakdown in the rule of law. As has often been the case in post-apartheid South Africa, protests and community anger have been mobilised against the outsider, the black foreigner who is the target of wrath and fury. But this round of violence goes deeper, revealing fractures and issues of credibility in elected political leadership.

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