Tag Archives: xenophobia

Living Politics in Grahamstown

  While students (pictured) took to the streets of Grahamstown to protest against fees hikes and for the transformation of Rhodes University, xenophobic violence and looting by residents of nearby townships was meted out to Muslim shop-owners of various nationalities, Sanele Ntshingana and Paddy O’ Halloran investigated the latter’s effects (Photograph: Kate Janse van Rensburg) The room is […]

Art in a Time of Xenophobia

  Out of the estimated 2.2 million immigrants living in South Africa, 46% are from Southern African Development Community (SADC) nations. As South Africa emerges from yet another spate of xenophobic violence, it’s unsettling to know that most of that merciless violence was inflicted upon our direct neighbours. Since the news broke, the warranted outcry […]

Vumelani Sibeko Is Dead

  “Mommy, he’s trapped,” whispers a wide-eyed little girl, standing on the corner of Malcolm X Blvd and W 122nd St in Harlem, New York. A dreadlocked man, in a torn T-shirt and pants, slowly walks barefoot ahead of the girl, dragging a 25kg iron ball attached to a chain that connects to a pair […]

Jeppe on a Friday Night

  It’s no surprise the presence of journalists changes a situation. The press not only provides an audience for acts of violence, but also an impetus for it. This is most often evidenced in situations where a pack of media wolves descends on a moment of news significance. At Jeppe hostel in Johannesburg last Friday […]