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Eruption of online race hatred exposes S.Africa's woes

Pictures by Dutch photographer Pieter Boersma at an exhibition acknowledging the role played by South Africa’s neighbours in the struggle against apartheid at the opening of a dialogue on xenophobia at the Center for Memory in JohannesburgA slew of racist comments on social media in South Africa have unleashed outrage and exposed deep hostility in the “Rainbow Nation” as it struggles with its demons 22 years after white-minority rule ended. Irritated by rubbish left on a beach following New Year’s Day celebrations, Penny Sparrow, a white real estate agent from the eastern coast province of KwaZulu-Natal, wrote a savage comment on Facebook. “From now I shall address the blacks of South Africa as monkeys as I see the cute little wild monkeys do the same — pick and drop litter,” she said, in a posting that soon went viral.

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