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Xenophobic Violence Reveals a Crisis in Policing and Leadership

  by Zaheera Jinnah and Alexandra Hiropoulos The ongoing unrest and violence in South Africa’s urban areas and townships emphasises, once again, the breakdown in the rule of law. As has often been the case in post-apartheid South Africa, protests and community anger have been mobilised against the outsider, the black foreigner who is the target [...]

Those Ones Who Owned the Mines, I Hate Them, I Hate Them Very Much

  Excerpt from: Broke and Broken: The Shameful Legacy of Gold Mining in South Africa by Lucas Ledwaba and Leon Sadiki (Jacana) Zwelendaba Mgidi was 23 years old when he left his home village of Kwa-Bala in the beautiful valleys of Mpondoland, Eastern Cape to start work on the gold mines of the Free State province in 1983. [...]

Yeoville in Early 2017

  In the indistinct stretches of time between the visits of graduate students from nearby universities researching belonging, or Africa Day celebrations attended by high-level provincial politicians, Yeoville in Joburg maintains its grotesque place in South Africa’s new urban imagination. I saw this ironically play out on well-meaning groups on social media, set up over [...]

The Infrastructure of Assent: Professions in the Age of Trumpism

  “Celebrating the mission civilisatrice in Morocco, he praised the instruction, loyalty, and justice brought by the French, as well as the network of roads and the cities they had built—all “signs of civilization.” These achievements, he argued, had created an atmosphere of admiration, enthusiasm, and respect among the Arabs.” — Zeynep Çelik, Le Corbusier, Orientalism, [...]