Xenophobia in South Africa: myths and realities

Xenophobia in South Africa: myths and realities – Events


This event will be webcast via http://www.issafrica.org/events/xenophobia-in-south-africa-myths-and-realities

The recent spate of attacks on foreign-owned shops in some South African townships raises uncomfortable questions about xenophobia, as did similar attacks in 2008.According to some politicians, the latest attacks are not connected to xenophobia, but are driven by criminals who take advantage of moments of crisis and chaos. Is this true?

To what extent can South Africa’s inconsistent immigration policy be blamed for xenophobia? Do foreigners really ‘steal’ South African jobs? Do foreign-owned small businesses have an unfair advantage over those owned by South Africans? Speakers at the seminar will consider these and other questions in an attempt to separate myth from reality and understand the ‘xenophobic’ attacks and crimes in South Africa.

Chair: Dr Hamadziripi Tamukamoyo, Governance Crime and Justice Division, ISS Pretoria 


  • Sicel'mpilo Shange-Buthane, Executive Director, Consortium for Refugees and Migrants in South Africa (CoRMSA)
  • Dr Sally Peberdy, Senior Researcher, Gauteng City-Region Observatory
  • Dr Ingrid Palmary, Associate Professor and Director, African Centre for Migration & Society, University of the Witwatersrand
  • Patricia Erasmus, Programme Manager, Refugee and Migrant Rights Programme, Lawyers for Human Rights.

Date: 13 February 2015

Time: 10h00 - 13h00

ISS Pretoria
Block C | Conference room
Brooklyn Court
361 Veale Street, Pretoria

Helen Chanda 
Phone: +27 12 346 9500 
Email: hchanda@issafrica.org

Hamadziripi Tamukamoyo 
Email: htamukamoyo@issafrica.org

This seminar is made possible with funding from the Hanns Seidel Foundation and the Ford Foundation. The ISS is grateful for support from the members of the ISS Partnership Forum: the governments of Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and the USA.