World Affairs Wednesday: Xenophobia
South Africa is once again experiencing violence to do xenophobia. Xenophobia is defined as intense or irrational dislike or fear of people from other countries. Immigrants from neighboring countries are being violently killed and attacked, the current death toll at seven people. One believed source of the violence has been attributed to the statements of Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini saying that foreigners should go as they are taking jobs from citizens. The attacks began sometime in March due to labor disputes. People come from neighboring countries such as Zimbabwe, Malawi and Mozambique seeking work and establishing new lives in South Africa, especially in Johannesburg and Durban. The South African Government has been put into the spotlight for lack of immigrant protection, especially as pictures of Emmanuel Sithole, a Mozambican man, being stabbed in daylight have surfaced in mass media. In 2008, 62 people were killed in Johannesburg due to xenophobia and it looks as if history may be repeating itself.