28 May 2014

South Africa: Protea South's Realignment and the Terrible Price Paid By One Teenaged Boy


On 6 May, Daily Maverick reported on the realignment of shacks in the Protea South Informal Settlement in readiness for an electric installation by Eskom. The exercise has been ongoing for several months, despite a High Court order against it - and the backdrop of severe contention between the ANC and the DA over the issue in court. The situation is, if anything, only escalating, culminating in the brutal mob murder of a young boy on Monday night.

On Tuesday morning, 16-year-old Sibusiso went to check whether his friend and neighbour, 15-year-old Tsepiso Karadi, was ready for his school day at Sikaono Secondary.

Tsepiso would not be attending school that day, however. His uniform hung, crisply ironed, on a chair in the one-roomed shack he called home. Next to it sat his finely polished school shoes.

Tsepiso himself lay on his back on the floor of the shack, head first, at right angles to the bed, as though he had first tried to hide under the bed but had been dragged out. A mountain of stones were cast around his abdomen, an indication that he had been stoned as well. The upper right part of his eye...

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