SA's broadcast media fingered for fueling xenophobia

SA's broadcast media fingered for fueling xenophobia

By Daniel Itai, Pretoria, South Africa

The Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) has fingered the country’s broadcast media as the enabler of xenophobic slurs that have been hovering in the country especially on social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook.

This comes at the footing of a research which was conducted by the HSRC which looked at anti immigrant sentiment in South Africa.

“We went to the provinces of Western Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, Gauteng and Limpopo where most migrants are and asked locals how they felt about them and how they were receiving information pertaining to migrants.

Nevertheless, we realised that the majority of people relied on information coming from broadcast media especially radio which relatively made them to have an anti-migrant sentiment.

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Moreso, the locals blamed them for crime and unemployment. Moreover, the general consensus was that people rely on traditional forms of media than social media because they deem it accurate and reliable,” said HSRC’s Dr. Steve Gordon.

In recent months, they have been a myriad of xenophobic slurs targeted at mostly Nigerian and Zimbabwean nationals over lack of employment and escalating crime.