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Afrophobia, moral and political disguises: Sepa leholo ke la moeti

M. L.J. Koenane, K. J. Maphunye
The Journal for Transdisciplinary Research in Southern Africa | Vol 11, No 4 | a45 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/td.v11i4.45 | © 2015 M. L.J. Koenane, K. J. Maphunye | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 24 February 2016 | Published: 31 December 2015

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M. L.J. Koenane, College of Human Sciences, University of South Africa, Unisa, South Africa
K. J. Maphunye, Electoral Democracy in Africa at Unisa, South Africa

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Violent or other attacks on nationals from other African states are a reality we have come to expect time-after-time in post-apartheid South Africa. We are once confronted with the ugly reality of barbaric and cruel acts of attacks on foreign internationals from other African states, which some have labelled “xenophobia” or “xenophobic attacks” while others term this “Afrophobia” (Black-on-Black conflict and violence directed at other Africans). We argue that this unsolicited characteristic of being African (indigenous) will never disappear unless the moral and political disguises thereof are dealt with radically and proactively. Generally, the subject of xenophobia is one which almost everyone has an opinion on – therefore this must be a subject close to every person’s heart, be this controversial or not.


Afrophobia; attitude; divide-and-rule; foreigner; hatred; power


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