Workers on Wednesday”: Xenophobia and Labour

Since 1994, South Africa has experienced xenophobic attacks against African and Asian migrants and refugees. In 2008, 2015 and now in 2019 we’ve seen widespread flare-ups, especially against African migrants who are alleged to be taking away jobs from South Africans and the source of crime, such as drug dealing. Most notable hotspots this year have been street vendors plying their trade in Johannesburg’s CBD who were initially harassed by the local SAPS and repelled by the vendors and at the same time unemployed truck drivers attacking foreign drivers. Armed male hostel-dwellers then staged violent and random attacks in the CBD against street traders that then morphed into rioting and looting in other areas. In today’s show we look at the issue of xenophobic violence from a labour perspective.
GUEST: Amir Sheikh, spokesperson for the Africa Diaspora Forum
GUEST: Mametlwe Sebei, president of the General Industrial Workers Union of South Africa (GIWUSA)