The killing fields of KZN: Local government elections, violence and democracy in 2016

  • Mary Elizabeth De Haas School of Law University KZN
Keywords: assassination, killing, KwaZulu-Natal, politics, South Africa


Various government initiatives focus on the promotion of social cohesion for nation building. The impact of social cohesion on levels of violence is also the subject of research. This article argues that despite official rhetoric organs of state - are used  in KwaZulu-Natal to  serve party political interests by targeting cohesive groupings struggling for their constitutional rights. Violence is promoted and nation building retarded.  The main case study cited is that of violence-wracked Glebelands hostel in Durban. Since it is also argued that what is happening in Glebelands is not an isolated case reference is also made to the similar targeting of the shack dwellers’ movement Abahali baseMjondolo.

Author Biography

Mary Elizabeth De Haas, School of Law University KZN
Prior to retirement in 2002 Senior Lecturer and Programme Director Social Anthropology University of Natal. Currently Hon Research Fellow School of Law, University KZN
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