South Africa: The New Apartheid

Channel 4

Unreported World

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Black South Africans are the most racist people in the world'announces a young Zimbabwean queuing for food in Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy's moving and horrifying film about the growing influx of illegal immigrants to South Africa.

She and director Robin Barnwell travel from the Zimbabwean border to Johannesburg investigating how a flood of illegal immigrants has led to xenophobic violence. This film contains shocking scenes of the abuse and hostility illegal immigrants face in South Africa, from both blacks and whites.

“A hard-hitting return for Channel 4's superlative foreign reporting strand.”
- The Observer, October 8, 2006

First Broadcast

October 13, 2006



Producer Director

Robin Barnwell


Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy

Executive Producer

Eamonn Matthews


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