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One of the buses that was set alight in Nyanga earlier today. Photo by Nombulelo Damba. Taxi drivers burn vehicles and attack reporters in Nyanga

At least three Golden Arrow buses and a delivery vehicle were set alight in Nyanga, apparently by taxi drivers who are demanding that the City Metro Police return their cars that were impounded yesterday.

Apr 21, 2015
Nombulelo Damba
Survivors Lionel Abrahams, Neil Faulmann and Rodney Abrahams at the site of a shack fire that killed a family of four in Hangberg, Hout Bay, last Sunday.  Photo by Kimon de Greef.Family of four die in Hangberg fire

A family of four was killed and eleven bungalows burned to the ground in a Hangberg shack fire early on Sunday morning.

Apr 21, 2015
Kimon de Greef
Nomncwase Saule (70) says a social worker is keeping back part of her old age grant of R1,350 per month. Photo by Nombulelo Damba.Crossroads woman accuses social worker of keeping her pension

A grandmother from Crossroads has accused a social worker of keeping back part of her old age grant of R1,350 per month.

Apr 21, 2015
Nombulelo Damba
Mali Wondawock and his bride Thandeka Mkhwanazi at their wedding. Picture by Ntombi Mbomvu.Love and marriage in the midst of hateful xenophobia

Not even a series of xenophobic attacks in the city of Pietermaritzburg could stop the preparations for an Ethiopian man and South African woman to tie the knot. 27-year-old Thandeka Mkhwanazi and Mali Wondawock, 26, hosted neighbours and residents at their home in Cinderella Park at their Umembeso ceremony on Saturday.

Apr 20, 2015
Ntombi Mbomvu
Aftermath of the evictions from Denel owned land. Picture by Masixole Feni.EFF and Denel battle over land

While land occupiers lose their materials and possessions after being evicted, state defence manufacturer Denel accuses the EFF of manipulating the poor when instigating occupations of land it owns.

Apr 17, 2015
Nombulelo Damba
Mangistu Alamrl standing in front of one of his containers. His shop was looted and goods taken. Picture by Ntombi Mbomvu.Living in constant fear of attack in Pietermaritzburg

Foreign nationals in the townships of Greater Edendale in Pietermaritzburg have closed their shops as xenophobic attacks spread. Shops were looted during the day and again at night on Wednesday.

Apr 17, 2015
Ntombi Mbomvu
Mzansi restaurant in Langa. Photo by Barbara Maragele.Langa restaurant on show at Africa's biggest tourism event

Six years ago, 51-year-old Nomonde Siyaka transformed her family's home in Langa into a two-storey traditional African food restaurant.

Apr 16, 2015
Barbara Maregele
Somali Association of South Africa spokesperson Abdikadir Mohamed (left) and his colleague. Photo by Tariro Washinyira.Cape Town foreigners uneasy after Durban attacks

Authorities in Cape Town will “not just stand by” and watch if xenophobia spreads to the city again, says J P Smith, mayoral committee member for safety and security. But foreigners living in the city are nervous.

Apr 16, 2015
Tariro Washinyira
A large crowd of people watched the statue of Cecil John Rhodes being removed earlier this month. Photo by Christine Ayela.UCT and transformation part two: the students

Is the University of Cape Town (UCT) transforming? In this, the second article in our series, we look at how the student body is changing.

Apr 16, 2015
GroundUp Staff
Nomazotsho Ngova holds bits of her security gate. She says police broke into her Manenberg house looking for drugs and guns. Photo by Nombulelo Damba.Manenberg gogo complains of police violence

A 70-year-old Tambo Village resident says men wearing police uniforms and balaclavas twice forced their way into her house looking for guns and drugs.

Apr 15, 2015
Nombulelo Damba

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