Xenophobia on the rise - survey

Johannesburg - Levels of xenophobia and intolerance of foreigners is increasing in Gauteng, a survey released on Thursday found.

"Thirty-five percent of all respondents said [we should] send all foreigners home now," Gauteng City-Region Observatory (GCRO) executive director Professor David Everatt said.

"Xenophobia is on the rise, especially in Tshwane. Tshwane has actually done well in terms of service delivery."

Everatt was releasing the results of a survey conducted on the quality of life in Gauteng.

The GCRO, a partnership between the University of Johannesburg, the University of the Witwatersrand, the Gauteng government, and the SA Local Government Association, conducted a study with over 25 000 people to find satisfaction levels with governance.

"This third survey in the sequence is probably the largest ever survey of social attitudes in Gauteng, with a sample of 27 493 respondents, and is accurate to ward level," he said.

"This remarkably powerful data set has been analysed and mapped at city-region, city, and ward level, to give both overview results and fine-grained ward-level comparisons."

The survey also found there was a hardening of racial attitudes, with 73% of Africans agreeing or strongly agreeing that they would never trust whites.

Key findings of the survey included high levels of satisfaction with many areas of service delivery but coupled with very low levels of satisfaction with government and governance, indicating that service delivery alone was not enough, said Everatt.

"Deep dissatisfaction with the local sphere in particular, across the board, suggesting that the 2016 local elections are going to be very keenly fought," he said.

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Eugene Fourie 2014-08-14 01:58:35 PM
Well with the current unemployment figures and huge numbers of immigrants working here this comes as no surprise at all.
Izack Madisa 2014-08-14 02:07:43 PM
it's time t leave us peacefully ,farmers and companies prefere t employ them bcs they are cheap .
Motofogo Mulilo 2014-08-14 02:07:53 PM
73% dont trust whites. I thought the number was higher. LOL.
Kobus Hattingh 2014-08-14 02:16:11 PM
Surely you cannot blame the locals! With millions of illegal immigrants that puts a severe strain on the availability of jobs, housing, schooling, medical care etc, it should come as no surprise.
David van Tonder 2014-08-14 02:20:57 PM
73 Percent of Africans does not trust whites. Well I doubt that will bother the 99.99 percent of whites that does not trust Africans. Also I agree that South Africans often employ foreigners not because of theire expertise but beecause they are a source of cheap labour. Eearlier this week I heard one of the local farmers brag about what he called his three for one scheme whereby he employs three Lesotho nationals at the same price as one South African.
Thabo Rapuleng 2014-08-14 02:26:40 PM
This entitlement mentality that seems to be high especially on black communities will never get us anywhere. We are breeding a nation of lazy people if the government just rolls over everytime when blacks toyi toyi and demand things. Foreigners don't have the luxuries that we have as South Africans. They are hard workers. South African must just stop behaving like spoiled brats and grow a back bone for crying out loud. Do something with your life.
Nin Ja Kitty 2014-08-14 02:42:26 PM
It is little wonder that it is on the increase. Our economy cannot withstand too much more upheaval. Our crime has increased because of poverty, possibly as a result of foreigners. We are battling to keep our own country together so to speak and we have to deal with this as well. If Xenophobia is on the increase in Gauteng, be assured that it is on the increase in the other provinces as well.
Arthur Tarr 2014-08-14 02:55:25 PM
GOOD!!! Let them go!
Ba Tadiwa 2014-08-14 03:08:54 PM
Not every foreigner is cheap labour or a criminal or illegal. Not every South African is innocent from crime. The world has become one global village learn to live with everyone
Elvava Seameco 2014-08-14 03:16:40 PM
How can I trust white people while they were so brutal to our brothers and sisters, never ever !!!