Balancing the Narrative in Zwelihle, Hermanus

Balancing the Narrative in Zwelihle, Hermanus

This past Friday's events, if anything, place a large question mark over the popular portrayal of the violent protests that have rocked the coastal town.

"Marauding bandits", "criminals", "savages", "hooligans", "rogues", "thugs" and "terrorists" are some of the popular portrayals that have been used to describe the "ringleaders" of the Zwelihle protests that have received the recent attention of Police Minister Bheki Cele in Hermanus.

It is the same small group of "thugs" that is ostensibly responsible for orchestrating a community-wide "Hostage Drama" which has generated avaaz petitions in response to "liberate the people of Zwelihle".

Read the rest of this opinion piece here.

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Prof. Malose Langa is an Associate Professor and Senior Lecturer in the School of Community and Human Development, Department of Psychology, at the University of Witwatersrand and Senior Research Associate at the Centre for the Study of Violence and Recompilation.

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