South Africa: Khoisan Protesters Outside Union Buildings Hunt Pigeons to Stay Alive


The struggle for recognition that King Khoisan and his group embarked on in 2017 continues with greater hardship under the coronavirus lockdown.

King Khoisan and his group arrived at the Union Buildings in 2017 to hand over a memorandum to the then-deputy president, Cyril Ramaphosa. They stayed for 24 days and went on a hunger strike for 17 days. They were promised that a task team would be set up to deal with their matter.

Their memorandum contained four demands:

To be recognised as the First Nation of South Africa;

For their language and all their dialects to be made official;

For land to be returned to them; and

For the term "coloured" to be abolished.

King Khoisan with his wife Cynthia Triegard as they cook their dinner. (Photo: Shiraaz Mohamed) King Khoisan prepares dinner. He has started growing vegetables, but the cold has killed most of the crop. (Photo: Shiraaz Mohamed)

They returned to the Eastern Cape, but in November 2018 King Khoisan, together with six others made their way back to Pretoria. They...

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