Towards Tolerance, Law, and Dignity: Addressing Violence Against Foreign Nationals in South Africa

Towards Tolerance, Law, and Dignity: Addressing Violence Against Foreign Nationals in South Africa

What began as an isolated incident of anti-immigrant violence in Alexandra, South Africa, a year ago this May quickly spread to other townships, resulting in two weeks of violence that left sixty-two people dead. The International Organization for Migration has released an Atlantic Philanthropies-funded report, Towards Tolerance, Law, and Dignity: Addressing Violence Against Foreign Nationals in South Africa (67 pages, PDF), that examines the factors that led to the attacks and argues that, if not adequately addressed, such factors could result in future violence against both foreign nationals and South African citizens.