Published April 18, 2018

“Those graves were our title deeds”

Zanele Mji went looking for one petty villain taking advantage of people’s pain, but everywhere found evidence of a crime so large that we have no choice but to grapple with it together.

For black South Africans, dispossession is not something lost in the mists of history: it is a wound within living memory – and for the majority who are poor, it remains a constant threat. The recent debate about expropriation without compensation has just begun to peel back the layers of land dispossession that’s already happened – and the cycles of disempowerment and dehumanisation that churn in its wake. Beneath the malls and the golf estates lie the bones of people’s ancestors and the ghosts of their dreams. amaBhungane’s Zanele Mji went looking for one petty villain taking advantage of people’s pain, but everywhere found evidence of a crime so large that we have no choice but to grapple with it together.
Zanele