ISS blames apartheid for xenophobia

According to a study levels of xenophobia and intolerance of foreigners are on the rise in Gauteng.

According to a study levels of xenophobia and intolerance of foreigners are on the rise in Gauteng.

JOHANNESBURG - The Institute for Security Studies has blamed apartheid for South Africa's fear of foreigners.

According to the latest study by the Gauteng City Region Observatory, levels of xenophobia and intolerance of foreigners are on the rise in Gauteng.

The study shows that 69 percent of residents agree with the statement that "foreigners are taking benefits meant for South Africans".

The institute's professor Jakkie Cilliers says this is because the apartheid government kept South Africans apart from the rest of the continent.

"We have a deficit in high end market skills so we need educated and skilled people to come and help build the South African future."