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Issue No:85
  • :0976 1121
  • :May
  • :2021

Samudra Report No.85, May 2021

 

South Africa / COVID-19

The Relic of Apartheid

A research report uncovers the historical injustice meted out to Indian-origin subsistence fishers in South Africa who have to deal with the restrictions brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic


 This article is by Kira Erwin (kirae@dut.ac.za), Senior Researcher, Urban Futures Centre, Durban University of Technology and Jackie Sunde (jackiesunde25@gmail.com), Researcher, One Ocean Hub Global Project, University of Cape Town, South Africa


In March 2020, the South African government declared COVID-19 a national disaster under the Disaster Management Act No. 57 of 2002. This introduced, overnight, regulations that prescribed the activities regarded as ‘essential’ to society. These lockdown regulations set in motion a series of administrative reactions that have revealed the deep-seated and stubborn inequalities in South Africa and the underbelly of the post-apartheid state. The impacts of these regulations were devastating for a specific groups of subsistence fishers from Durban in the province of KwaZulu Natal (KZN), along the eastern seaboard.

These fishers include subsistence fishers of Indian origin, joined by the non-racial community of poor, subsistence line fishers, forming the KZN Subsistence Fisher’s Forum...

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