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The scourge of xenophobic violence has claimed more lives in the past week, and once again left many families devastated in its wake. We have not lived up to Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s promise in 2008 not to repeat the violence, but we can. South Africans are frustrated. They have not seen the improvement in their quality of life that the dawn of democracy promised to deliver. This frustration has not expressed itself only in xenophobic violence. We are the protest capital of the world. We top crime indices. We have seen the rise of a morally bankrupt nationalist populist movement as disillusioned young people are lured by bigger, bolder promises. South Africans are angry at politicians as well as the private sector. This accumulation of grievances has turned SA into a loaded gun. Adding to the frustration is the ease with which disinformation is disseminated. We have too many claims floating around our society that find no basis in truth. For example, the xenophobic violence in SA ...

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