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What is the root cause of xenophobia how do we prevent it?

70 mths ago

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cultural differences

70 mths ago

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In my opinion : competition for employment opportunities; crimes committed by foreigners in the townships; corruption (fruadelent ids and occupation of RDP houses) and a presence of a guestimated 5 million immigrants! How to prevent : responsible Government regulating immigration and finding solutions to socio-economic and political problems experienced by our immediate neighbours. (We have discussed this before, check the archives).

70 mths ago

Border control or the lack there of. You can not open your borders like we did and not expect any trouble.

70 mths ago

I personally think that xenophobia is caused by our economic situation. I mean imagine sitting in your house and you don't have a job, can't feed your kids, and the illegal alien next door is working and sending money home to his family - surely this would make you angry. And to be honest I don’t blame them - frustration is building in this country - so many promises were made and alot of people are disappointed and they are suffering. I mean consider that they estimate our illegal aliens in the millions - never mind immigrints - that is alot of work going to non South Africans. The government is going to have to crack down on this - and employers need to have a South Africa first policy.

70 mths ago

There are 9 reasons that seem to be the cause of xenophobia - 1. Failure to maintain the rule of law. The government's repeated failures to bring levels of violent crime under control contributed to an environment which saw people resort to violence without fear of arrest or successful prosecution. In failing to maintain the rule of law the state had conditioned many poor communities to violent behaviour. The failure to protect communities from criminal elements and to remove those elements had allowed criminals to take full advantage of chaos and disorder to rob, rape, and loot during the violent uprisings. 2 Border control. The collapse of proper border control mechanisms saw literally millions of people gaining entry to South Africa illegally. 3 Corruption in the state sector became endemic under Thabo Mbeki and very little was done to curb it. The examples of Travelgate, Armsgate, and Oilgate served to create the impression that the South African state was corrupt up to the highest levels of government. 4. Employment With close on 40% of South Africans failing to secure a proper job it is not surprising that scores of youths were able to conduct days and nights of violent campaigns in informal settlements around Johannesburg. Unemployment was therefore a direct contributing cause to the violence. 5. Education This has been government's biggest failure and carries much of the blame for the high unemployment levels. It is arguable whether current state education is in its totality any better than that under apartheid. Only 1% of black matriculants achieve a good HG maths pass. The output of the school education system was therefore far from adequate to free households from state dependency or to acquire the skills necessary to find employment in a heavily regulated labour market. 6. Slowing economic growth The failure to take proper advantage of a global boom in commodities meant that South Africa attracted limited benefit from the economic climate of the last five years. 7. Foreign policy. Particularly in the case of Zimbabwe foreign policy was wholly inappropriate and incompetent. Thabo Mbeki's quiet diplomacy provided a lifeline to the ailing Zimbabwe regime that kept it in power longer than would otherwise have been the case. 8. Service delivery While a host of government targets were met service delivery provision was far from adequate to meet expectations of a better life for all. A policy failure is again at the hear. 9 Race relations

70 mths ago

The problem is that everyone is struggling. And with people being here illegally, they are taking our jobs and food and charity. I dont agree with the methods used though.

70 mths ago

This is an hysteria that black people [particularly] suffer from. It takes only one person to pick an argument with a dealer who happens to be an immigrant, and the whole lot becomes inflamed and frenzied and it spreads like wild-fire. It's in their nature.

70 mths ago

competition for jobs(were foreigners are sheap workers).2.crime rate.(most foreigner are not traceble after commiting crime especially one person have a lots of shacks in every township)3.no enough resources(fighting for land,rdp houses etc.4)mess that foreigners causes(they makes lots of shacks all over even in the river bay or cemetry like in alexander,hilbrow :dirtness,mess all over.)Attitutes of foreigner(they dont have good relationship with people ,they makes noise even fight each other,worse they ask alot from naboures but they dont want to return the item or if you fetch it they become angry)

70 mths ago

I am sorry to say this but it is the truth. Many people in this country are too lazy to go out and work. Especially earning the money that the forgeiners are willing to work for. Generally south africans are lazy and yet they blame everyone else for their problems. I think that is is unfair that people have to act like such savages and kill people and put them out of homes. How would they like it if they went to another country and the people there did that to them? It just makes me so sick to know that people can be so inhuman.

70 mths ago

If I had to give ONE SINGLE root cause for xenophobia (worldwide, since it is a global phenomenon), I'd have to say it's a by-product of the global banking elite's plan to keep everyone slaves to debt. Think about it... if this were NOT the case, if people had jobs they were paid fairly for and did not have to give a huge chunk of what they earned to the government - why would anyone be "jealous" of a foreigner?

70 mths ago

Firstly to do control of border/immigration... and provide SA people a good QAULITY OF EDUCATION to learn how to earn money & multi-cultural social tolerance... then poverty and crimes will be more lesser!! We have to look first on ourselves in SA's needs then afterwards to help foreign people.

70 mths ago

There are many great answers to this one that I agree with, especially Tracy's answer. I think all these answers can be combined into one root cause and that is government policy failure. How do we prevent it? Install a new government. Well that's not going to happen so we can expect this situation to become yet another social ill that we have to deal with.

70 mths ago

ignorance is the root of xenophobia. and education can prevent it. learning about others - their culture, their history, their lives... ignorance of those things causes people to dehumanise the "other" and thus it's so easy for some to simply eradicate them. they don't see them as equal or human or whatever.

70 mths ago

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