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Trump-Like Immigrant Attacks Adopted by S. Africa Opposition

  • Second-biggest party touts in posters ‘Secure Our Borders’
  • Opposition parties desperate for votes against ruling ANC
A Democratic Alliance party campaign poster reads ’secure our borders’ in Pretoria.
A Democratic Alliance party campaign poster reads ’secure our borders’ in Pretoria.Photographer: Waldo Swiegers/Bloomberg
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Shorn of their most important campaign weapon, scandal-ridden former President Jacob Zuma, South Africa’s biggest opposition parties are turning to populism as they scramble for votes in the most competitive election since the end of apartheid.

The two main challengers to the ruling African National Congress are increasingly echoing the anti-immigrant and race-baiting bias that’s come to dominate politics in the U.S. under Donald Trump and President Jair Bolsonaro’s Brazil, as well as Italy and parts of Eastern Europe.