South Africa's firebrand opposition leader, Julius Malema, condemned the spate of attacks on African migrants in the coastal city of Durban, telling his supports: "There is no foreigner that took your jobs.
If you fail in business, do not blame other people." The leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters, EFF, took a tough line against xenophobia while on the campaign trail in the North West and Free State Provinces ahead of the May 8, 2019 general election, the BBC said.
"I know you call foreign nationals derogatory names, but they are Africans like yourselves . From Cape to Cairo, Morocco to Madagascar, African unity is key," Malema advised.
Some South Africans complain about foreigners working in the country where unemployment was more than 27 per cent at the end of 2018. Xenophobia against migrants from other African coun tries is not new in South Africa.
In 2015, unrest in the cities of Johannesburg and Durban claimed seven lives as immigrants were hunted down and attacked by gangs.