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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.

[Source: VOA by Anita Powell.]

A recent spate of violent, deadly attacks against impoverished foreign nationals isn’t about outsiders, South Africans say, but rather about the country’s problems and contentious politics.

Last week, a mob in the coastal city of Durban attacked a group of largely undocumented Malawians, killing at least two people. Low-level xenophobic violence is a continuous reality in South Africa, peaking in 2008 with a spate of attacks that left 67 people dead. South Africa, with its developed economy, has long been a magnet for intra-African migration.

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South Africa at a Glance
58 780 000 (mid 2018 estimate)
4.5% y/y in June 2019 (CPI) & +5.8 y/y in June 2019 (PPI)
-3.2% q/q (1st quarter of 2019)
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