Stoking the flames
𝗪𝗮𝗿𝗻𝗶𝗻𝗴: 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗳𝗼𝗹𝗹𝗼𝘄𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗶𝗻𝘀𝗲𝗿𝘁 𝗰𝗼𝗻𝘁𝗮𝗶𝗻𝘀 𝘃𝗶𝘀𝘂𝗮𝗹𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗺𝗮𝘆 𝗱𝗶𝘀𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗯 𝘀𝗲𝗻𝘀𝗶𝘁𝗶𝘃𝗲 𝘃𝗶𝗲𝘄𝗲𝗿𝘀.
𝗧𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝘀𝘁𝗼𝗿𝘆 𝗼𝗿𝗶𝗴𝗶𝗻𝗮𝗹𝗹𝘆 𝗮𝗶𝗿𝗲𝗱 𝗼𝗻 𝟮𝟬 𝗙𝗲𝗯𝗿𝘂𝗮𝗿𝘆 𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟮.
You’re Somali, Eritrean, Congolese.... You’ve escaped conflict in your homeland and come to South Africa in search of a better life. In reality, you find yourself in a society being egged on to send you home – or worse. As populist politics increasingly targets foreigners, should we be surprised that a xenophobic movement has taken root on the streets of Johannesburg? Macfarlane went to investigate.