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Xenophobia in South Africa: Vigilante groups target local migrant-owned businesses

In South Africa, a xenophobic movement called Operation Dudula is accusing immigrants of taking jobs from South Africans. Operation Dudula vigilantes are known to raid small businesses owned by foreigners. With an unemployment rate close to 35 percent, the situation is tense and the populist rhetoric of Operation Dudula supporters is raising fears of new xenophobic riots in South Africa, like in 2008, 2015 and 2019. Our correspondents report.


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