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The Issue Of Xenophobia And How It Leads To Violence

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Hello my name is Kerri-Lee Kramer and I am a news reporter for KLK News. Today I will be discussing with you about a very serious issue that has and is still occurring in South Africa today.

The shocking and outrageous xenophobia, which is an irrational fear or hatred of foreigners, has hit South Africa. I want to discuss this terrible behaviour with you today because I believe it is important that people should know about the issue of xenophobia and how it leads to violence and racism amongst the people within South Africa, as well as the effects it has on South Africa and its people as a whole.

I also believe that if people are more aware of this situation they can educate others and try finding a solution to decrease and possibly prevent the issue of xenophobia.

Following the 1994 elections, when South Africa became a democratic country, the fear of xenophobia increased and is still continuing today. In May 2008, xenophobia became the topic of conversation owing to the shock and outrage of the occurrence of violence against foreigners in South Africa.

This is owing to the fact where several riots and protests broke out that started in the township Alexander as residents attacked migrants from Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe causing two people ending up dead and forty others injured.

Within a number of weeks the violence and xenophobia spread to other communities within the Gauteng Province and then spread to the coastal cities of Durban and Cape Town. Attacks were also reported in parts of the Southern Cape, Mpumalanga, the North West and Free State.

During 2009 reports arose indicating a possible reappearance of xenophobic attacks in the Western Cape. In July 2012 there were new attacks in parts of Cape Town and in the Free State. The attacks arose again in 2013 as on 30 May 2013, 25-year-old Abdi Nasir Mahmoud Good, was stoned to death, which was taken on a mobile phone and posted on the Internet. Incident after incident occurred and these attacks led to a public outcry in need of desperation.

It is important that you as a South African know the reasons and causes of these violent and outrageous xenophobic attacks. There are several causes why this issue occurred and is still occurring today.
The failure to maintain the rule of law, 
the government's constant failures of controlling violence and keep crime under control that lead to people, especially in poor communities towards violence caused out of desperation, resulting in the fearless of arrest and prosecution.

The failure to protect its citizens from crime and violence allowed criminals to take full advantage to rob, rape, and burgle during violent revolts. Border control another cause has failed as millions of people are entering into South Africa illegally.
The responsibility lies equally with the army, police and the government and therefore without sufficient legal status in the community these people became easy targets for mob violence.
One of the major...

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