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Xenophobia in Witbank (AK)

Andrew Kabuura/Twenty Ten

Associated features: Overcoming Xenophobia (Audio feature), Xenophobic Fever (Text feature) and Xenophobia Awareness (Photo feature)

Location: Witbank, South Africa

Fear of xenophobic outbreak after FIFA World Cup.

CUE IN: For the first time, the World Cup is in Africa, South Africa to be more precise. Just like the footballers’ fans, the soccer players are very excited, considering that a good performance for the latter will help them earn contracts at bigger European clubs.

However, there is always another side of the coin. Many people have lost jobs and crime in some parts has also increased. Andrew Kabuura is in Witbank, and now reports about a Burundian who has faced the dark side of the World Cup and could face it more after the tournament.

FX: Local music plays and fades 00:05secs

INTRO: The 2010 FIFA world cup coming to Africa meant a lot to the natives, especially those in South Africa. From the continent’s perspective, many have been hoping that the world’s biggest soccer festival comes with positives among which are job opportunities. Well, some have gotten the jobs while others have unfortunately lost theirs.

FX: More sounds from the stadium 00:04secs

LINK: A Burundian by birth, Ngenzi Buhoro’s World Cup could not have started on a positive note in his endeavour to earn money.

FX: Explains getting some space to do business 00:10secs

LINK: However, things quickly tuned sour for the Burundian with days to the 2010 World Cup.

FX: Explains losing the job 00:10secs

LINK: Married with two children, Ngenzi Buhoro says he’s a lucky man even after the eviction by FIFA.

FX: Finds another job 00:07sec

LINK: With his latest job, things look a little bright for now. However, 32-year-old Buhoro doesn’t think all will be fine after the World Cup. He fears xenophobia, that’s the fights between the locals and the foreigners, could hit-in just like 2008.

FX: Explains xenophobia 00:11secs

LINK: Evidently, like in the ugly 2008 riots, when these kind of fights break-out, they are fierce and life threatening. But, surprisingly Buhoro isn’t planning to quit South Africa.

FX: No quitting South Africa 00:13secs

LINK: You will be forgiven for thinking that Ngenzi Buhoro’s story is not bad enough until he tells me what happened to him just hours ago.

FX: Last night’s attack 00:12secs

LINK: Local music plays

FX: Duration of his travel to South Africa, local music and fades and he explains why he left his mother land, Burundi ….00:04secs

CUE OUT: There are thousands, if not millions of foreigners living and working in South Africa. Most of them are from Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

They came here in search of better opportunities, but like it turns out, they are scared of the locals if talk about xenophobia becomes a reality. For now, they are hoping beyond hope that peace prevails after the 2010 World cup.

FX: Local music plays and fades 00:03secs

Reporting for the 2010 Programme, in Witbank, South Africa, this is Andrew Kabuura

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