Story: South Africans

Nelson Mandela’s election win, 1994

Nelson Mandela’s election win, 1994

The bullet holes in the ballot box in James Hubbard’s cartoon allude to a crime wave that swept through South Africa after the end of apartheid. Many South African immigrants of the 1990s were fleeing crime more than anything else.

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Cartoon by James Hubbard

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Carl Walrond, 'South Africans - Migration', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 14 July 2024)

Story by Carl Walrond, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 25 Mar 2015