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PODCAST | Hate thy neighbour? The anti-foreigner turn in SA politics

Eusebius McKaiser and guest Sisonke Msimang discuss how parties play a role by preying on legitimate discontent

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Well-known SA author and commentator Sisonke Msimang examined the multiple meanings and implications of violence against foreign nationals as a guest on Eusebius on TimesLIVE. In the first part of the conversation, they develop a thick account of what it all means.

McKaiser argues that while 1994 represents a genuine rupture in SA political history, echoes of apartheid SA cannot be ignored, such as the dompas system that sought to regulate who could live and work in particular parts of the country. Msimang, agreeing with the analogy, added other insights such as the marking out of some bodies as legitimate and others as not. The dehumanising of the apartheid-era “othering” is being reproduced in this moment of anti-foreigner violence and populist politics...

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