The New Apartheid

Running Time: 24 minutes
Producer: Robin Barnwell, Reporter: Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy,
Year: 2006
Aired on: Channel 4 and ABC Australia

The film began in South Africa where a huge rise in illegal immigration from Zimbabwe and other African states is behind an increase in racism and xenophobic violence. Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy journeys from the Zimbabwean border to one of Johannesburg’s most dangerous quarters to investigate.

The Zimbabweans say they are fleeing a collapsing state, where President Mugabe’s policies have driven the economy into crisis and where earning enough to feed their families is impossible. However, the South Africans blame them for a crime wave and accuse them of causing unemployment.