Amakwerekwere

A documentary by Siyavuya Makubalo and Teboho Ramosili

1998, 2008 and 2015, South Africa’s dirty secret is exposed-Xenophobia. Xenophobia termed by pan-Africanists as Afrophobia is not a new phenomenon; it has been a growing issue within our society that has been festering with periodic explosions that has led to many horrific deaths such as that of Mido Macia and Emmanuel Sithole to name but a few.

The victims of these violent attacks are often targeted as scapegoats to the socio-economic inequalities faced by the black population of the South African society. Thus, the violence manifests itself as black-on-black violence. As Andile Mngxitama once wrote, ‘whites are tourists, blacks are ‘makwerekwere’.

The significance of the earlier attacks in 2015 resulted in many South African migrants in other African countries, also being attacked.  With South Africans having to face the reality that indeed xenophobia is an issue that South Africa needs to address. But why do black South Africans attacks foreign nationals and why is there so much hatred directed at foreign nationals. “Amakwerekwere” is documentary that aims to uncover not only the daily struggles that foreigners face but it also looks at life though they eyes through different foreign nationals living in South Africa.

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