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EDITORIAL | State inaction has opened the door for Dudula

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EDITORIAL | State inaction has opened the door for Dudula

The SAHRC’s 2008 xenophobia report remains relevant, but government has left the social ills to fester

Editorial

Nhlanhla Lux and the others who lead organisations like Operation Dudula have carved out a disturbing niche in which they’ve misdiagnosed the origins of SA’s problems as originating across our borders.

The organisation, led by a firebrand Soweto resident, has spread from the streets of the South Western Townships to Hillbrow and Diepsloot and most recently manifested in a splinter group threatening raids on Durban-based businesses owned by migrants who have sought to make a living in this country.

The statistics on employment and economic growth in part explain the Dudula story. High levels of poverty and accompanying hopelessness are the remainder of the story. As large sections of the youth population languish at home, not out of choice, they also see communities of migrant businessmen succeeding where they can only dream – by putting food on their tables...

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