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Seven punished by Spanish government for racist insults against Vinicius

Seven punished by Spanish government for racist insults against Vinicius

SEVEN people involved in different racist attacks against Real Madrid forward Vinicius Jr have been punished by Spain's State Commission against Violence, Racism, Xenophobia and Intolerance in Sport, the country's Sports Commission said. Four men were fined 60,001 euros ($64,255) and banned from sports venues for two years after hanging a banner reading "Madrid hates Real" and an inflatable black effigy in a replica of Vinicius' No. 20 shirt on a bridge near Real's facilities before the team's Cup match against Atletico Madrid on Jan. 26. Three other people were fined 5,000 euros ($5,354.50) and banned from sports venues for…
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TRUE AFRICAN TOGETHERNESS

TRUE AFRICAN TOGETHERNESS

MOSEBUDI MANGENA LAST week I had meals at a hotel as well as at a different restaurant in Johannesburg, courtesy of a company I am associated with and a bunch of friends. As I often do, when I asked those serving us for their names and places of origin, it was pleasing to hear them coming from Soweto, Nkandla, Matatiele, Bulawayo, Masvingo and similar other places. Before Covid-19 wreaked havoc with our travelling and socializing, South Africans in the hospitality industry were as scarce as water in the Sahara desert. It was almost exclusively Zimbabwean nationals who dominated the employment…
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Xenophobia is on the rise in South Africa: scholars weigh in on the migrant question

Xenophobia is on the rise in South Africa: scholars weigh in on the migrant question

INTERNATIONAL migration in South Africa, particularly as it relates to the labour market, is a highly contentious topic. We, the undersigned migration scholars, want to share relevant information about this important topic. Our work shows that international migrants make up only a small percentage of the South African population, and that the overall effect of international immigration on the labour market is not detrimental. Preliminary data analysis from the 2021 round of the South African Social Attitudes Survey by the Human Sciences Research Council finds that most South Africans see foreign nationals as a threat. Many believe they are a…
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Fight crime, not migrants – Ramaphosa

Fight crime, not migrants – Ramaphosa

CYRIL RAMAPHOSA TWENTY-five years ago, our new democratic Constitution came into effect. In adopting this Constitution, we affirmed our commitment to a society based on democratic values, social justice and human rights. We were also making a complete break with our past. This was a past of race-based social engineering that manifested itself through influx control, job reservation, group areas and the dreaded dompas. When our forebears drafted the Freedom Charter in 1955, whose principles have been incorporated in our constitution, and declared that South Africa belongs to all who live in it, they were seeking a society free from…
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Study sheds light on how South Africa can best tackle prejudice against migrants

Study sheds light on how South Africa can best tackle prejudice against migrants

STEVEN GORDON, Senior research specialist, Human Sciences Research Council XENOPHOBIA is a serious problem in South Africa. Cross-border migrants, refugees and asylum seekers in the country face harassment and discrimination. Hundreds of incidents of anti-immigrant hate crime have been reported in the past decade alone. To address this, the government launched the National Action Plan to Combat Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance in March 2019. The plan recognises that without quality data the government will struggle to design effective policies to change public attitudes towards foreigners. Targeted communication campaigns can be very effective in expanding tolerance between groups…
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Nigerians refer to violence as ‘intergroup conflict’: what’s actually at play is xenophobia

Nigerians refer to violence as ‘intergroup conflict’: what’s actually at play is xenophobia

NIGERIA, a country of over 208 million people, is made up of more than 250 ethnic groups. Its history is littered with ethnic rivalry and competition. TOSIN OLONISAKIN, Social Psychologist, Ekiti State University Throughout history, preference and preservation of one’s kin or kind has been evident. The sense of ‘weness’ and ‘theyness’ has been behind devastating wars and conflicts. These conflicts have different names, including racism, xenophobia, nationalism or ethnocentrism. Nigeria has experienced such conflicts in the past and still does. But different terms are used to describe the violence. Sometimes it is called prejudice or discrimination or sometimes ethnocentrism…
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