Thapelo Mohapi, General Secretary of Abahlali baseMjondolo, talks about the neglect of the poor and working people that led to at least 77 deaths in a recent fire in Johannesburg. He also explains the rampant xenophobia in the aftermath of that horrific tragedy
The COVID-19 pandemic has strongly impacted migrants in South Africa who have been facing increasingly violent attacks and marginalization over the past decade, reinforced by xenophobic rhetoric on a state-level
The ‘shutdowns’ spreading across Gauteng are intended as targeted xenophobia. But the actions of one mob in Joburg’s inner city show that, in practice, they can harm anyone in their path.