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20 March 2018 21:28 (South Africa)
South Africa

Durban Deep, in photos: Another day, another police victim

  • Greg Nicolson
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    Greg Nicolson

    Nicolson left his hometown of Melbourne to move to Johannesburg, beset by fears Australia was going to the dogs. With a camera and a Mac in his bag, he ventures out to cover power and politics, the lives of those included and those excluded. He can be found at the tavern, searching for a good story or drowning a bad one.

  • South Africa

It's becoming common cause that police kill people at protests. The latest death was in Roodepoort on Thursday, where a local cop allegedly fired three warning shots as he drove through a hostile crowd, and then one fatal shot which killed Tshepo Mabuseng, 28. A resident of the hostels in Durban Deep, he was protesting against a court eviction order. GREG NICOLSON arrived on the scene after the incident and found the situation calm, but with many grievances.

A woman is dragged by police as they arrest her as part of a group of 15 for public violence.

Children pass the passageway between the hostels and their school. Fires were lit in the passageway to prevent people from going to work. The school was closed on Thursday.

Kids sleep in a hostel room. The tenant in this flat pays R2,000 a month, he says, plus utilities. Since the land was sold by the mine to a private company, the cost has continued to rise.

Children share a phone. The hostel at Durban Deep is drab, run-down and features many houses that have been demolished when rent has not been paid.