Rassistische Angriffe in Südafrika

Seit letzter Woche wurden in verschiedenen Townships, scheinbar vor allem in der Nähe von Johannesburg, 13 Menschen bei rassistischen Angriffen gegen Immigrant_innen aus afrikanischen Ländern ermordet.
Ein Artikel aus der Times erklärt die Ausschreitungen so:

When liberation arrived, South Africa’s working class saw a better future for themselves. Progressive labour laws were enacted, trading opportunities opened up in parts of the cities and towns from which black people had been barred, and they had access to services they previously did not have. Life, they believed, was going to be better for all.
They did not count on the flood of people who would descend on the country in search of that same better life.
The stories of how the competition for resources created this resentment are well documented.
Immigrants were willing to work longer hours for less money and in less conducive conditions than the rights- conscious South Africans. On the pavements, the hawkers resented competing with the new arrivals. Unscrupulous officials accepted bribes from South Africans and foreigners to jump housing and other queues. The fact that municipalities were failing dismally to deliver services did not help.
At first, the incidents were sporadic and sparked by ridiculous disputes over double-timing lovers or shebeen-bill quarrels. There was even that famous incident in Durban a few years ago, when a foreigner was beaten up for hogging a payphone.
“First you took our jobs, then you took our women, now you are also taking our phones,” the victim remembered his attackers saying.
One of the reasons we did not see it coming is that South Africans have generally been tolerant, and co-existed with the newcomers. It was more about resentment than hatred and xenophobia. We crossed that line this week and became a xenophobic people.
If we want to nip this xenophobia in the bud, we need to rethink our national identity.
The millions of Bangladeshis, Somalis and Zimbabweans in our towns are never going home. This is their home now. They are part of our diversity.
This is not to say we should just open our borders. Border control is something we should be tightening anyway, for purposes of national security and crime control.
But dispatching policemen to conduct foreigner hunts on the streets, and detaining people in inhospitable camps before loading them onto trains is inhumane. It fosters xenophobia by sending a message that “these people do not belong here”.

Die Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front (ZACF) stellt einen Zusammenhang zwischen den global gestiegenen Lebensmittelpreisen und den Ausschreitungen her, und entwickelt folgende Perspektive:

The insane increase in food prices is a global crisis, and is meeting with global resistance. Throughout the world, workers, peasants and the poor face starvation as World Bank structural adjustment programmes, trade agreements prepared by and for the capitalists, oil profiteering, biofuel programmes that seek to evade the energy crisis by burning food, and price fixing so plainly criminal that even the South African state has felt obliged to fine food company Tiger Brands nearly R100 million (a mere 4.5 percent of these robbers‘ 2007 profit of R2.24 billion, bringing no relief in the price of bread), are united in a single onslaught of plunder and starvation.
But the people are fighting back. Workers and the poor have rioted from Egypt to Mozambique, from Haiti to the Philippines. In Haiti and in Cameroon, these actions have forced the state to cap food prices.
The ZACF supports Cosatu’s demands to defend workers and the poor against food inflation. And we go further. We declare that by taking to the streets, the working class can win a price cap on all basic food.
In struggle the workers can unite. In struggle the workers of the world can defeat the capitalist plunderers who would starve us all to death if they could make a profit from it. In struggle the workers can reach beyond small differences of nationality, can topple the tyrant Mugabe as we toppled the tyrants of the apartheid regime, can build a world where neither boundary fence, nor plundering mielie merchant, nor policeman of hatred, will deprive us of our needs and hold us in terror.

Wenn wer weitere Analysen findet, immer her damit.


8 Antworten auf “Rassistische Angriffe in Südafrika”


  1. 1 Entdinglichung 19. Mai 2008 um 14:19 Uhr

    die gemeinsame Stellungnahme zu den rassistischen Angriffen von Anti-Privatisation Forum & Alexandra Vukuzenzele Crisis Committee hier … ansonsten lohnt es sich eigentlich immer, einen blick in die Wochenzeitung Mail & Guardian zu werfen

  2. 2 xx 19. Mai 2008 um 14:33 Uhr

    Rassistisch? Waren an den Ausschreitungen auch Weiße beteiligt?

  3. 3 Bikepunk 089 19. Mai 2008 um 23:47 Uhr

    Das wird in keinem der Artikel erwähnt. Die Akteure waren überwiegend arme township-bewohner_innen. In einigen Artikeln wird beschrieben, wie sie Buss oder Sammeltaxis anhalten, um unter den Fahrgästen nach Leuten aus Simbabwe oder Malawi zu suchen.

  4. 4 Entdinglichung 20. Mai 2008 um 9:53 Uhr

    eine Stellungnahme vom Anti-Privatisation Forum und dem Alexandra Vukuzenzele Crisis Committee zu den Pogromen von gibt es hier … immer eine gute Quelle zu Diskussionen und Ereignissen in Südafrika ist die linksliberale Wochenzeitung/Webseite Mail and Guardian, auf der Homepage der KP war nichts dazu finden

  5. 5 Bikepunk 089 21. Mai 2008 um 14:01 Uhr

    @entdinglichung: irgendwie landen deine Kommentare immer im Spam-Filter …
    Auf alle Fälle danke für die zwei Hinweise. Mail and Guardian schein mir tatsächlich recht lesenswert zu sein.

  6. 6 xx 22. Mai 2008 um 8:54 Uhr

    Ich habe auf den Fotos dazu auch nur Schwarze gesehen.

    Vielleicht sollte man mit der Verwendung des Wortes „rassistisch“ generell etwas zurückhaltender sein.

  7. 7 Entdinglichung 06. Juni 2008 um 16:45 Uhr

    weiss auch nicht, warum meine Sachen im Spam landen … zwei weitere interessante Texte zum Thema: The Pogroms in South Africa: The Politics of Fear and the Fear of Politics und Xenophobia and the South African working class

  8. 8 Bikepunk 089 30. Juni 2008 um 12:14 Uhr
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