The rising tide of xenophobia that is threatening SA’s image, economy and relations with other states was one of the issues brought into focus at the 74th UN General Assembly debate in New York last week, with heads of state pledging their support to combat the scourge.

President Cyril Ramaphosa was notably absent from the week-long event, having chosen to remain in SA to deal with escalating tensions. But with SA’s important trade relationship with Nigeria at stake, he will host Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on October 3...

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