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Addressing Xenophobia in South Africa: Relying on Traditional
2017-12-14 14:38:31   来源:   作者:Moelelwa Martha Mashala
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Since 1994, South Africa has been hit by one wave of xenophobia after another. With every xenophobic attack, lawlessness persists. During the attacks there are disregards of human rights of foreigners. The South African government took time to respond to the xenophobic attacks and presently nothing much has been done to respond to xenophobia.

This has resulted in many foreigners displaced and losing their life. Furthermore the drastic effects of these attacks have seen many people lose their livelihoods and some were left with permanent injuries. The graveness of the issue of xenophobic attacks bring to question the issue of human rights since, the migrants’ rights need to be protected. This paper identifies the need for better integration mechanisms in South Africa through active participation of traditional leaders in ensuring that immigrants and local residents co-exist with each other.

This paper argues that if pursued, this strategy may yield better result than any initiative government has implemented in the past. Traditional leaders often have loyalty from their subjects irrespective of their physical location. The continuation of the traditional institution may be useful as it will provide consistency in the fight against xenophobia. The government and traditional leaders may ensure that human rights ideals are filtered to people at the grassroots level. This stand will be tested through the lenses of the Receptor Approach.
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