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Under the power of the gun

Children in the Cape Flats see violence very early in their lives and many end up in jail or killed. One of them, now a reformed gangster, walks us through his early traumatic experiences

Post-election violence mars otherwise calm poll

The Ghana Electoral Commission has declared the incumbent president, Nana Akufo-Addo, the winner of the 2020 elections

Extract from ‘The Journey’: Responses to the archive

This sequence of texts was written in response to various photographs of Nigeria made between 1920 and 1929 that form part of the Colonial Office photographic collection

Xenophobic tensions surge in KZN

Amid protests by the ANC’s MK Military Veterans, distressed foreign nationals have shut their stalls at a Durban flea market

How we braved danger to honour Fikile Ntshangase

Reporter Khaya Koko reflects on what it took — logistically and emotionally — to travel to KwaZulu-Natal and speak to the slain activist’s family and neighbours

The living nightmare of environmental activists who protest mine expansion

Last week Fikile Ntshangase was gunned down as activists fight mining company Tendele’s expansions. Community members tell the M&G about the ‘kill lists’ and the dread they live with every day

Darfur: How historical patterns of conflict are haunting current violence

The root causes of the ongoing conflict in Darfur are rising to the surface amid an influx of arms from Libya

Hopefield: Brutal police vs brutalised citizens

The small town’s residents, who say they’ve been terrorised by rogue police officers for years, were unsurprised when Reginald Linnerd was found beaten to death in a holding cell

‘My son died the worst kind of death’: Horrific details of violent unrest in Ethiopia

Eyewitness accounts emerge of the violence that left 239 people dead after the assassination of singer Hachalu Hundessa

Demolition of hope in Hangberg

The City of Cape Town in June twice knocked down structures on land allocated for other purposes. The city says these were not evictions; residents ask why no police are available for rapes and murders

The pandemic has shifted patterns of conflict in Africa

Although the overall rate of conflict has remained steady in Africa during the past 10 weeks of the pandemic, the nature of this is changing in subtle but significant ways

A brief history of anti-black violence in China

The recent news of evictions and mistreatment of African students in China during the Covid-19 pandemic is rooted in a history of violence and discrimination

Xenophobia chips away at the African notion of ubuntu

The multifaceted and complex issues facing the continent can only be tackled effectively together

Miriam Makeba: 9 passports, no pass

In this poetic commentary on Dathini Mzayiya’s video portrait of Miriam Makeba, Lindokuhle Nkosi inscribes moments of death, spiritual calling, sorrow and exile born by Makeba, during her singular and passionate life

Army and police violence spurs racial tensions

With the Covid-19 pandemic exposing many structural cleavages and spurring racial tensions, it is likely that the post-pandemic South Africa will encounter new challenges and setbacks on the road to reconciliation

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