TARGETING FOREIGNERS: Xenophobia among Johannesburg’s police

  • Themba Masuku Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation
Keywords: xenophobia, South Africa, police, Johannesburg, foreign nationals


Several media and research studies have reported on police abuse and ill-treatment of undocumented foreigners in South Africa, concluding that xenophobia is a major problem in the SAPS. But how pervasive is xenophobia in the police? Where does it come from and what can be done about it? Based on a survey of police officials in the Johannesburg area, this article examines the phenomenon and attempts to provide some answers.

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