Nicky Falkof

Plasma gangs: How South Africans’ fears about crime created an urban legend

A tale of criminality, magic, violence and fear offered a way to foreground the contradictions that come with living in a township

Missing the point about the murder of women

Every-day male monsters, rather than uniquely evil cultists, are responsible for the bulk of violence against South African women

Journey through anxious Joburg

A new book has collected writing about the condition of living, yes, with a high crime rate, but also other, more pervasive existential urban stresses particular to the Global South

Wedded blisters

As a woman, something very strange happens as you approach 30 -- friends who seemed quite sensible either start shelling out incredible wads of cash for their weddings, or whipping themselves into frenzies because they're still single. Faced with this recently, I found myself questioning why marriage retains such a hold over us, writes Nicky Falkof.

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