South Africans See Rise of Anti-Immigrant Policies


A new political party in South Africa wants the government to expel all foreigners.

The African Basic Movement party claims that foreigners bring crime into the country. It also says they are responsible for high unemployment.

Political observers say the party is unlikely to win many seats in the South African general elections next year. But they say its appearance shows that the wave of nationalist, populist politics in other countries has come to South Africa.

Thembelani Ngubane is the head of the African Basic Movement, which he started last year. Ngubane says his group already has tens of thousands of members and signatures that support a plan to expel all foreigners by the end of the year. Those numbers could not be independently confirmed.

The party recently registered to compete in…

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