South Africa’s Afrophobia A Legacy Of White Monopoly Capitalism

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South Africa's Afrophobia A Legacy Of White Monopoly Capitalism
South Africans riot against the presence of other Africans in their country by not against the white foreigners raping their country

AFRICANGLOBE – South Africa’s apartheid regime is remembered as one of the worst crimes against humanity of the 20th century. The White monopoly capitalist system that underpinned apartheid remains alive and well today. White monopoly capitalism is the post-apartheid economic system, whereby whites continue to exert disproportional and undemocratic control over the nation’s economy, land, media and judicial system.

The American investment bank, Citigroup, recently ranked South Africa as the world’s richest country in terms of its mineral reserves, worth an estimated $2.5 trillion. South African whites and Western foreigners own a staggering 80 percent of this wealth.

South Africa is unquestionably the world’s most racially unequal society.

Whites comprise only 12 percent of the population. Thanks to the past 350 years of racist exploitation, whites owned 87 percent of agricultural land by Independence Day, 1994. During these 21 post-colonial years, precious little has changed. One exception is that Black people in rural areas have lost 600,000 jobs since independence. This has created a great wave of migration into urban townships.

South African townships have served as both the location of recent xenophobic violence, as well as the catalytic cause of the violence.

During the apartheid era, white monopoly capitalists created the township.

The process included evicting Black people from properties that were in areas designated as “white only”, and relocating them into urban townships. Blacks were forced to move into squalid, overcrowded and segregated townships, designed to mould the Black labour force into an orderly, submissive underclass.

Streets of grim “matchbox houses” were arranged in strict grids and surrounded by a fence with only one or two points of entry, allowing the white regime’s police to seal off entire neighbourhoods with minimal effort. In such a setting, violence was both naturalised and easily instigated for political purposes. To this day, Blacks in townships still have to contend with non-existent sanitation and electricity services, as well as rampant crime.

Far from being a Rainbow Nation, ongoing xenophobic violence in South Africa’s townships exposes the nation’s further entrenchment into two separate and unequal societies: one, predominantly Black and poor, located in the townships; the other, largely white and affluent, located in the suburbs.

What white monopoly capitalists have never quite understood, but what the Black South African can never forget, is the degree to which white capital is deeply implicated in the township. White institutions created it; white institutions maintain it; and white society condones it.

When Nelson Mandela was released from 27 years in prison in 1990, the Black townships exploded in endless celebration. Today, after 21 years of the ANC government, which has been more concerned with appeasing white monopoly capital than redistributing land and resources to poor Blacks, townships have exploded into violence.

The xenophobic Black-on-Black violence spreading across South Africa is a direct result of centuries of white-on-Black violence and oppression.

South Africa's Afrophobia A Legacy Of White Monopoly Capitalism
South Africans loot businesses owned by other African nationals

Franz Fanon, who was an expert on the psychology of colonial violence, noted that the historical and current system of white-on-Black violence sends messages of Black inferiority that are so powerful that many Black people succumb to them, ultimately becoming defined by them.

Internalised racism, a term first used by Bblack scholar W.E.B. DuBois in 1903, involves accepting a white supremacist social order that places Black people at the bottom, and adopting society’s negative stereotypes about Blacks concerning their lack of abilities, inherent violence and low intrinsic worth.

Internalised racism is a major legacy of apartheid. South African society historically judges violence inflicted on Blacks less harshly than violence against whites; consequently, Black people begin to believe that their own life and the lives of other Black African people are worth very little. This creates the preconditions for the ongoing Afrophobic violence.

Filtered through the racist lens of the predominantly white-owned South African media, xenophobia is portrayed as merely further examples of “Black-on-Black” violence by an inherently unruly and violent underbelly of society. The four major media houses are still largely white and male-owned; collectively, they control over 80 percent of what South Africans watch and read. The white media focuses on the symptom rather than the disease by steering the national discourse away from broader issues of income inequality and economic democratisation, towards narrow issues of vandalism, looting and general criminality.

Xenophobia can be defined as a “hatred, dislike or fear of foreigners”; combining the Greek xenos (“foreign”) with phobos (“fear”). Internalised racism demonstrates itself as the absence of attacks against white immigrants because African immigrants are pejoratively portrayed by the media as “foreigners”; whereas, whites are considered “tourists” or “expats”.

Neo-apartheid companies in South Africa made record profits for Western shareholders since democracy in 1994; all the while, they shed hundreds of thousands of jobs. At independence, unemployment stood at 15 percent; today, that figure has skyrocketed to 25 percent. Instead of employing South Africans, major white-owned companies have sought to increase shareholder profits by outsourcing jobs abroad and hiring exploitable, African foreigners at home.

The nation’s largest labour union, Cosatu, has just said that “white monopoly capital in the hospitality and retail industry” has deliberately chosen to employ foreigners over their South African counterparts in order to exploit foreigners. The United Nations’ Office for Refugees confirmed that the recent wave of xenophobic “attacks began in late March following an apparent labour dispute involving South African and foreign workers”.

The tragic irony of ongoing xenophobic attacks is that at least six Africans have lost their lives, and yet those Africans all came from nations that harboured South African freedom fighters during the war of liberation against the white apartheid regime.

All the while, during apartheid, Britain was the single biggest investor in South Africa, followed by the United States, both yielding the highest return on capital in the world. The United States and the other Western capitalist governments not only supported, but directly benefited from the racist apartheid regime. To this day, a large portion of South Africa’s budget pays apartheid-era debt to Western nations. This means that Black people pay for their oppression twice over.

The power of white monopoly capital to dispossess, oppress and exploit Black people cannot be overstated. The willing and conscious ally, in the form of an African government, routinely places the interests of white capital over Black labour.

Apartheid, literally meaning “apartness”, transformed Africans into foreigners on their own land. For as long as Black South Africans continue to be foreigners to their own economy, living outside the borders of affluent neighbourhoods, violence will continue to tear at the very fabric of the so-called “Rainbow Nation”.


By: Garikai Chengu



  1. They should be fighting Whites to relinquish some of their strangle holds not killing fellow Africans. Take a lesson from Uncle Bob of Zimbabwe is dealing with white supremacy

  2. Welcome to the world of the Diaspora of The West! Much of this same type of bullshit going on in South Africa, we go through here in AmeriKKKa! I spell America that way because of the white hate group called the KKK that predominately runs the society. The Zionist Jews have adapted the same mentality and they hate and kill black people in other ways, but they kill all blacks just the same! We as black people around the globe needs to reclaim our greatness, our love and respect and abolish the lunacy that plagues our societies!

  3. My brothers, Afrophobia is wrong whether you kill or not! This has to stop! Fortunately now our government has sent army to stop this circus, after a loud cry from many South Africans. Not all South Africans hate foreigners, KZN is just one province out 9.

  4. Yeah… white people held a gun to their heads and forced them to savagely kill foreigners… sure… Admit it, South African blacks are simply savage.

  5. I’m trying to figure out when when will the indigenous Africans rise up and drive all of these whites/Europeans off of the continent. The whites own something only because they stole it to begin with; what legal or moral claim do they have to TAKE everything AND then oppress the native Africans in the process….

  6. Ghanaians kicked out Nigerians in the 1970’s. Nigerian kicked out Ghanaians in the 1980’s. The difference between these two and xenophobia/afrophibia is that there were no killings.

  7. Let get this straight black people we will kick out and kill other black people from our neighborhoods cities territories and nations. However we will not kick out and kill whites in African nations who control the economies land and resources. Our minds are falsified to support white supremacy. We work against our on black interest survival and power. Oh I didn’t forget the Asians specially the Chinese because they are going to have to be dealt with also in Africa.

  8. Menu
    Why black South Africans are attacking foreign Africans but not foreign whites
    Sibusiso Tshabalala April 15, 2015

    ‘Taking our jobs, our women…'(Reuters/Rogan Ward)
    The attacks on migrant shop owners in Durban this week reminds us the position of foreigner in South Africa is a complex one. After decades of isolation from the rest of the African continent, and the world, during apartheid, South Africa finally opened up to the rest of world in 1994.
    Under apartheid, South Africa’s immigration mirrored the narrow mindedness and prejudice of the National Party. Several laws made visiting or living in South Africa unpalatable to many. Particularly those of non-European descent.
    At the dawn of the “new South Africa” in 1994, the country became home to many outsiders playing a key role in offering protection and refuge to people who had suffered unfavorable conditions in their home countries.
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    At the heart of South Africa’s complex problem with xenophobia is the loaded meaning of the term “foreigner.” Pejoratively, the term “foreigner” in South Africa usually refers to African and Asian non-nationals.
    “Other” foreigners—particularly those from the Americas and Europe go unnoticed—they are often lumped up with “tourists,” or even better, referred to as “expats.”
    It is this reason why the South African government says its hesitant to call the recent attacks on foreign nationals as xenophobic.
    Is it “Afrophobia” or xenophobia?

    Many South Africans look at the attacks on enterprising African immigrants from Somalia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Mozambique, Nigeria and Malawi—often running shops, stalls and other businesses in the informal economy—and resolve that the current attacks on foreigners are more afrophobic, than xenophobic.
    Many ask: “Why is it that a Somali man can run a shop in a township, get raided and beaten up, while a white immigrant in town continues to run a restaurant full of patrons?”
    It is this delineation that breeds ground for denial.
    While this sentiment may be correct—that the violent expression of xenophobia in South Africa is meted out mainly against African immigrants – it is unhelpful to resolve the crisis that has left many foreign nationals homeless, tortured and dispossessed.
    While we can ascribe the attacks to sentiments of Afrophobia, we must be willing to agree that the attacks are fuelled by a sense of hatred, dislike and fear of foreigners – and that is xenophobia. And given the fact that foreign nationals from Pakistan and Bangladesh have been profiled in this wave of attacks, it will soon no longer be enough for South Africans to cry “Afrophobia.”
    A hangover from the past, fueled by present

    South Africa’s xenophobia reflects the country’s history of isolation. As a country at the Southern most tip of Africa, South Africans are fond of referring to their continental counterparts as “Africans” or “people from Africa.” Many business ventures, news publications and events—aimed at local audiences—routinely speak about “going to Africa.”
    Of course this narrow-mindedness, suffered by both black and white South Africans, is a by-product of apartheid. For black people, apartheid was an insidious tool used to induce self-hate and tribalize people of the same race. For white South Africans, apartheid was a false rubber-stamp of the white race as superior.
    It is these two conceptions that gave rise to the myth that South Africa is not part of the African continent, but a different place that just happens to be on the tip of the continent.
    Long after the scourge of apartheid, it is also clear that we’re fueling this prejudice in the present.
    It remains to be seen whether South Africans will break away from these shackles, and rid themselves of this horrid prejudice anchored in our past, but seemingly fuelled by our present.
    Quartz is launching in Africa in June 2015. Sign up for updates here. Write to us at [email protected], and follow @qzafrica on Twitter.

  9. Mo these people who are involved with the perpetuation of theses atrocities are not the ones you’ve referring to theses are slum dwelling SA citizens and rightfully said they are ignorant

  10. They are always faulty hence the installed apartheid and it’s still there now and neo colonising there and africa in general. Time to wake up and fight for our future generations. One currency and military force will help us as Africans together. Cus white wealth was not sent down from heavenly father but they invaded and killed natives always then claim that land theirs and introduces laws that we can’t do thesame. Simple to understand.

  11. I disagree because if you look at their history they had enough knowledge about geography and history because they did run for help to some of our african country’s so their is no luck of knowledge in South Africa but it’s a pure self selected choice of ignorance and self hate

  12. We need to stop mentally slavery ill minded and self hatred against one another. In abroad we fight every day against racism and back home illiteracy and self hatred against our own brothers and sisters in our societies. Time to wake up my folks

  13. White man offcurse brother. And not only him all African leaders are sellouts instead of introducing one currency and military force, to avoid barbaric acts like this to happen? We rather kill one another out of self hatred and mentally slavery. Time to kick out any leader who is not pan africanist period. We need common unity back home and abroad in diaspora

  14. No he is white sellout that’s why. They installed apartheid and now neo colonising not only south Africa but Africa in general. Not only white but Arabs or Chinese are thesame exploiters and invaders for 900years ago before Islamic revolution, there was no Arabs in North Africa including Egypt. So they are thesame bastards killed and tortured for their religions and economic power. But blacks need to unite and fight back Cus God give us more strength in body than other creatures just the unity lacks which shall come oneday to rule the world once again like pharaohs and cleopatras or black Moses.

  15. It’s so easy for us west Africans to call our brothers and sisters down south names forgetting that all these years they have known nothing but violence and terrorism our reality is completely different from what they know. The root of this problem is far deeper than meets the eye as sikhululekile rightfully said we all need to help them get their heads out of the mud

  16. Lol the blame game starts .. let me guess .. The white man made them kill African immigrants .. taking responsibility for one’s actions makes more sense than blaming other pple . So isreali’z start killing each other they will blame it on the Germans and Hitler. ..? What a sorry excuse for stupidity

  17. About time we stop blaming white people! How come we didn’t go and capture them ourselves?! If SA had any sense they would realize that killing other blacks isn’t a solution.

  18. Meanwhile the South Africans are being played against other Africans, fighting over mere crumbs while the Europeans have the whole damn cake. This all thanks to Mandela’s misguided vision of not redistributing the land, resources and wealth to their rightful African owners.

  19. Sometimes smart is not just good enough. It is so fascinating how we know more, talk more, dance more, sing more, BUT DO LITTLE. And we blaming all the ‘sleep’ on some kind of theory? Life is no longer lived on instincts? Oh how greatly has the African fallen? We own much but show little, we party often but grow little, we blame often but fail to rise, we cry like babies when we are supposed to be grown and scholarly. The biggest irony on earth is black rule with black poverty in the face of white ruled and white prosperity. Next door is Mogabe – showing and doing what South Africa should have done ages ago. But they dance, sing and eulogies their pain. Now they take it to the wrong quarters, doing their kind so much wrong and biting the hands that fed them and brought them home. Black leadership in SA is a shame, if not, prove it Zuma.

  20. We all need to stand together and do something. Let us not just fold our hands and keep pointing fingers to who started where how when.
    If you are next to the South African Embassy group up match-up and let your voice be heard. Write a message post it to the Embassy. We truly need to do something and do it fast.
    Yes together we can do it, yes together.

  21. Let the baboons know Africa won’t forget what the Zulu’s did and how the South Africans in general didn’t show any remorse or even they didn’t come out and condemn this barbaric act

  22. Self hate is REAL. It affects us all globally. As Africans we have been told for 500 years how low ugly worthless and bad we are. Wtf do people expect? Overnight healing from the super-holocaust trauma? The #Maafa should be taught in schools worldwide.