This paper brings to understanding the
effects of class and racism which are manifested in
xenophobic attacks against foreign blacks in South
Africa. Xenophobic attacks have been persistent in the
country for over the last two decade. It has amongst
other things slowed the economy, particularly affected
the country’s relations with the African continent and
tainted the image of South Africa to the entire world.
These attacks turn the livelihood of Africans
immigrants into a daily struggle to adapt, survive,
integrate themselves and contributes to the development
of the country. The article seeks to unveil the reasons
South African blacks behave the way they do against
their fellow Black African counterparts despite the call
for African unity and solidarity also known as ‘Ubuntu’.
From the findings, it demonstrates that the act of
xenophobia is a manifestation of effect of mindset
influenced by the apartheid policy, which was based on
hatred, class, race, and violence.
Keywords : Class, race, struggle, xenophobia, South Africa, black African, immigration