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One Night In Snake Park

Grappling with South Africa’s xenophobic demons through the death of 14-year-old Siphiwe Mahori

Trailer of One Night in Snake Park
NEW PODCAST INVESTIGATES VIOLENCE, XENOPHOBIA, AND CORRUPTION IN SOUTH AFRICA’S TOWNSHIPS IN ONE NIGHT IN SNAKE PARK

Sound Africa has launched a new six-part narrative podcast, One Night in Snake Park, exploring violence, immigration, and the politics of South Africa’s townships.

In 2015, 14-year-old Siphiwe Mahori was killed in Snake Park, Soweto by a foreign shopkeeper. His death made international headlines and sparked renewed xenophobic violence across the country’s black townships. But by the end of that year, his name was all but forgotten.

In recent weeks, South Africa’s xenophobic violence and its accompanying rhetoric on and offline reached fever pitch. From the Sunday Independent’s controversial headline “South Africa Under Foreign Control” and the #PutSouthAfricaFirst social media campaigns calling for South Africa to close its borders and remove foreigners from the country.

Yet, this rhetoric is not new. Nor are the attacks. But focusing on immigrants alone ignores what is really at stake. This is a story about South African townships: about hope and aspiration; about promises broken; about people frightened of those meant to guide and protect them.  This is a story about South Africa’s transformation. About its future.

Building on I Want to Go Home Forevera collection of oral histories of violence in South African townships, researcher Eliot Moleba and journalists Rasmus Bitsch and Tanya Pampalone, return to Snake Park to find what really happened the day Siphiwe Mahori died. Each 30-minute episode explores aspects of his life and the world in which he lived: urbanisation, xenophobia, the justice system, and the value of black lives in contemporary South Africa.

Filled with voices and sounds from across the township, this cutting-edge investigation speaks to a cast of rarely explored characters and processes. Guaranteed to unsettle your presumptions about violence, the township economies, trade, immigration, and inequality, it is a must-listen for anyone invested in South Africa’s future.

One Night in Snake Park is supported by the Taco Kuiper Investigative Journalism grant. This collaboration is brought to you by Sound Africa; a non-profit podcasting organization based in South Africa.

For more information and interviews

Contact: Jedi Ramalapa
Email: info@soundafrica.org

Email: Tanya Pampalone
tanyapampalone@gmail.com

HOW TO LISTEN:

If you want to listen directly on your computer, just go to the Sound Africa front page and click on the episode you want to hear. You can do the same on your phone or tablet, but if you want to subscribe or download you will need a podcast app.

It’s really simple and can make your commute or gym time 10 times better.

For iPhone or iPad:

On your device there is an app called Podcasts. Open that app and search for Sound Africa. Click subscribe and you will automatically see all our episodes. In the app you can stream directly or download to listen on the go!

For Android:

For Android phones and tablets you will need a podcast app. You can get one from the Google Play store. Anyone will do, for example Podcast Addict or Stitcher. When you have downloaded your app, you can search for Sound Africa and click subscribe. In the app you can stream directly or download to listen on the go!

Same procedure for any other podcast!

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If you can’t find Sound Africa in your app or want to listen on another platform, you can copy and paste this RSS-feed into your podcast player:

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Mobile: press and hold here then copy URL

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