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Anger and Afrophobia in South Africa: What is a health practitioner to do?

Wahbie Long, Bonga Chiliza, Dan J Stein


The facts seem to indicate that South Africa is one of the more violent places on earth. We have been, and continue to be, a country with significant levels of political violence, criminal violence and domestic violence. And now, we are witnessing violence against fellow Africans. While many have termed this ‘xenophobia’, a more accurate term may well be ‘Afrophobia’. For clinician-scientists, many questions arise. In this editorial, we briefly consider a few of the most pertinent. 

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Wahbie Long, Department of Psychology, Faculty of Humanities, University of Cape Town, South Africa

Bonga Chiliza, Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Stellenbosch University, Tygerberg, Cape Town, South Africa

Dan J Stein, Department of Psychiatry and MRC Unit on Anxiety and Stress Disorders, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Cape Town, South Africa

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South Africa; Afrophobia; Violence

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South African Medical Journal 2015;105(7):510. DOI:10.7196/SAMJnew.7968

Article History

Date submitted: 2015-09-21
Date published: 2015-09-21

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