Regarding the anti-immigrant violence and looting we saw in parts of Gauteng two weeks ago, the government is like a horse with blinkers. Ministers have always been averse to the phrase “xenophobic attacks”, even when it is happening right under their noses.

Their approach is, if we do not talk about it and we do not see it then it is not happening and we don’t have to explain or account for it. And it seems they want the media to start doing the same.

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