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Mugabe's legacy I Drivers of xenophobia

Posted by: The Conversation Global

Date: Monday, 09 September 2019

 

Editor's note

Robert Mugabe, who led Zimbabwe for 30 years until he was deposed in 2017, has died. He was 95 years old and had been battling ill health for some time. His death has elicited mixed reactions: some have paid tribute to Mugabe the pan-Africanist and liberation hero, while others consider him a “monster” who failed his people. Roger Southall reflects on Mugabe’s complex, contested legacy.

The past week has seen a wave of attacks on foreign-owned businesses in three South African cities. Other African governments have responded with official condemnation. There’s even been some retaliatory violence – several South African companies and the country’s embassy in Nigeria were closed because of attacks. Steven Gordon examines the attitudes that drive anti-immigrant sentiment among many South Africans.

Thabo Leshilo

Politics + Society Editor

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Robert Mugabe during his swearing-in ceremony in Harare, 2008. The former Zimbabwean president has died aged 95. EPA-EFE

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