●Cape Town: May 22nd – A witness to xenophobic attacks in Joe Slovo settlement

11Jun08


This is a young woman’s experience of xenophobic violence, and police complicity, in her community:
I live in Joe Slovo settlement, in Milnerton. It was Thursday afternoon (22 May). Me and my friends were talking, and my friends were saying, “These foreigners, they must leave the country.” My feelings were different, that these are Africans, and we must stand together, but my friends said their parents feel betrayed by these foreigners, because they’re losing their jobs to these foreigners. So if someone’s standing with foreigners looking for a job, the foreigners will say to whoever’s going to hire them, “You can give me less money than to the South Africans.”
The complete text of her account is on David Le Page’s blog, The Leaf Blower.



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