IT is necessary to address the perceptions that South Africans have of foreigners – that they take away jobs and livelihoods – to minimise the spread of attacks in the townships.
Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) anthropology senior lecturer Theodore Petrus believes these incorrect assumptions are why large numbers of residents may become involved in these attacks.
"Community members need to identify and expose the instigators of anti- foreigner attitudes, and have a zero-tolerance attitude to criminal elements within their communities," he said.
"Criminals thrive in environments where their activities are indulged.
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