Scapegoating in South Africa: busting the myths about immigrants

2022-09-12

Public officials and politicians routinely blame immigrants for a range of social and economic problems in South Africa. This reinforces negative, xenophobic sentiments among many people. The research and analysis presented in this report tests the validity of these widely held beliefs. It shows that they are largely false and can only have detrimental consequences for South Africa’s economy and people.

About the authors

Dr Anthony Kaziboni is a political sociologist and Head of Research at the University of Johannesburg’s Institute for the Future of Knowledge.

Lizette Lancaster is the Manager of the Crime Hub at the Institute for Security Studies in Pretoria.

Thato Machabaphala is a Junior Researcher at the Institute for Security Studies in Pretoria.

Godfrey Mulaudzi is a Researcher at the Institute for Security Studies in Pretoria.

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