Named for the most feared snake in Africa, the Black Mambas are a specially trained all-female anti-poaching team. Day and night, they sweep through a South African game reserve, protecting rhinos and other endangered species and looking for any signs of poachers. Special correspondent Martin Seemungal reports. Continue reading
In South Africa this year there has been a wave of xenophobic attacks against migrants coming from other parts of Africa. Special correspondent Martin Seemungal looks at roots of the violence and the fear that these foreigners face. Continue reading
South African photographer and activist Zanele Muholi is on a mission to bring the experience of black lesbians in her home country to the forefront, as many members of the community face high rates of violence, including incidents of so-called “corrective rape.” Muholi’s work is on display at the Brooklyn Museum through November. NewsHour’s Tracy Wholf reports. Continue reading
A Muslim academic recently opened a gay- and women-friendly mosque in Cape Town, South Africa, which was largely regarded as a response to the culture of exclusion and conservatism in the Muslim faith. And despite receiving death threats and fierce criticism, experts say the house of worship’s policies represent an adaptation of centuries-old traditions. Martin Seemungal reports. Continue reading
Over the weekend, South African leader Jacob Zuma canceled a trip overseas following a wave of xenophobic violence against immigrants. David Smith of the Guardian joins Hari Sreenivasan via Skype from Johannesburg to discuss the backlash. Continue reading
The dress seen ‘round the world last week has made a reappearance in a new Salvation Army campaign in South Africa.
Soweto, an enduring symbol of apartheid discrimination and impoverishment, is now home to the first microbrewery built in a black township. Special correspondent Martin Seemungal offers a look at South Africa’s rising black middle class and what it means for that country’s transformation. Continue reading