South Africa: Dispossessed Under Apartheid, Disempowered in Democracy


A community living along an international border is heading to court in a bid to get a title deed for the land restored to them 15 years ago.

It's a swelteringly hot afternoon in the Madimbo Corridor of Limpopo but a group of elders ascend a rugged hill with much enthusiasm.

A wide-open pit about 10m below leads to a gaping, somewhat eerie hole that leads into a dark tunnel disappearing deep into the earth.

"We want our people to come and work here. We have too many minerals here but our people are poor," says one of the elders, Mawasane Mudzweda, his eyes scanning the depth of the pit as he stands leaning against holding onto a tree trunk.

Down below, dull, dry vegetation clings onto rocky hills alongside giant baobabs whose dry branches rise into the hot sky like tentacles of creatures from dinosaurs times.

The open-pit is what remains of a graphite mine which was forced to close...

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