xenophobia Reports

Promoting Democracy and an Equitable Society

This report, the seventh in the “Promoting Democracy and an Equitable Society” report series with a focus on immigrants in South Africa, examines the role of political leaders in the narrative about migrants. The findings shed light on the dynamics of the online conversation regarding immigrants in South Africa, encompassing user engagement, influential accounts, prevalent …

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Xenophobia Social Media Analytics Report 6

This report is part of a series of reports funded by the European Union (EU) as part of the Centre for Analytics and Behavioural Change’s (CABC) programme focusing on xenophobia. The report offers a category analysis, with the combined categories of ‘police’, ‘home affairs’, ‘media’, and ‘civil society’ accounting for 13% of the overall conversation. …

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Beyond Borders report

The Centre for Analytics and Behavioural Change’s Beyond Borders report provides a three-year overview of xenophobia in South Africa. It reveals that proponents of the anti-immigrant narrative employ tactics like mis- and disinformation, exaggerated statistics, and scapegoating of social issues onto foreign nationals to sustain their messaging and stoke xenophobia online. Some political parties have …

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Xenophobia Social Media Analytics Report 4

The fourth instalment of our Xenophobia & Migrancy reporting series makes use of Nimmo’s Coefficient of Traffic Manipulation (CTM) to isolate and analyse narratives within the anti-immigrant conversation. 10 unique hashtags are analysed to determine the extent to which the CTM flags inauthentic conversation and to uncover how these hashtags are used to further anti-immigrant …

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Xenophobia Social Media Analytics Report 3

This social media analytics report focused on xenophobic conversations in South Africa covering the period 01 May 2023 – 01 June 2023. The report takes a more detailed look at the online behaviour of key authors (individuals and organisations) that drive the conversation. The report found that proponents with a largely negative sentiment towards foreign …

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Xenophobia Social Media Analytics: Report 2

This social media analytics report focused on xenophobic conversations in South Africa covering the period 01 March 2023 – 31 March 2023. The report found that the dominance of the Economic Freedom Fighter’s national shutdown protest within the conversation speaks to the extent to which the conversation about immigrants in South Africa is increasingly being …

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Xenophobia Social Media Analytics: Report 1

This social media analytics report focused on xenophobic conversations in South Africa covering the period 01 January 2023 – 31 January 2023. Crowd-verified data was used for this study and confirmed that more than 80% of the mentions exhibited negative sentiment towards foreigners in South Africa, whilst only 5% exhibited positive sentiment. The behavioural drivers …

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Periodic Report 2 Foreign Nationals

This periodic report is the second in a series of bi-monthly reports that focus on conversations about foreign nationals in South Africa on social media. This report covers the date range of 1 to 15 July 2022. Key hashtags in the conversation were #operationdudula, #putsouthaficansfirst and #putsouthafricansfirst. Operation Dudula’s reach continued to grow during the …

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Regular report foreign nationals

This regular report for the month of June 2022 assesses conversations about foreign nationals on South African social media. Operation Dudula, a xenophobic campaign whose reach is growing continues to dominate the conversation. Aside from being an online campaign that focuses on influencing policy and implementation decisions, Operation Dudula also engages in paramilitary activities. This …

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