Scapegoating immigrants will not result in significantly improved healthcare service provision, reduced crime or less unemployment.
The eighth edition of the Rugby World Cup Sevens will take place in Cape Town, South Africa, this weekend. Four African teams – South Africa, Kenya, Zimbabwe and Uganda will contest, all four returning from the United States edition in 2018. We look at the goals of the four African sides in this year’s tournament.
Beitbridge and Musina are two border towns in Zimbabwe and South Africa that see many migrants pass through – with different health needs.
“Medical xenophobia” is a real issue in South Africa’s public health system. There are many forms of discrimination motivated by hostility to the patient based on their national origins, which are considered a form of xenophobic violence.
Onai Mushava discusses the metaphysical dimension of Zimbabwean mbaqanga pioneer Lovemore Majaivana’s music in the context of Ndebele orature.
For the past month Operation Dudula members have been trying to prevent immigrant patients and employees entering the hospital.
“The issue of medical xenophobia: we cannot keep silent and not talk about it…Minister, it is wrong for us to discriminate against one another. We’re calling on government to speak out,” — Chair of the Treatment Action Campaign Sibongile Tshabalala.
South Africa’s healthcare services are overburdened. But this is not because of non-nationals.
It’s an unhappy journey marked by xenophobia and an uncertain future.