Articles by Shaun Swingler

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JHB waste pickers face routine harassment

“A lot of people don’t appreciate what we are doing for them”

Text by Christopher Clark. Photos by Shaun Swingler. - 12 March 2019
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Immigrants targeted in Alexandra housing battle

Vigilantes accused of throwing families out of RDP housing

Text by Christopher Clark. Photos by Shaun Swingler. - 21 February 2019
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Border War veterans fall through the cracks of reconciliation

“32 Battalion raped our women. They killed our brothers and sisters. It’s painful living with the legacy of their oppression.”

Text by Christopher Clark. Photos by Shaun Swingler. - 19 November 2018
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32 Battalion veterans left in limbo in forgotten military town

Pomfret is in decline and its 3,000 Portuguese speaking residents face an uncertain future

Text by Christopher Clark. Photos by Shaun Swingler. - 14 November 2018
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Only one conviction out of 85 in murder hotspot

Part three of a series on political violence and the frustrated search for justice in KwaZulu-Natal

Text by Christopher Clark. Photos by Shaun Swingler. - 29 March 2018
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Inside the ANC’s KZN war

Part two of a series on political violence and the frustrated search for justice in KwaZulu-Natal

Text by Christopher Clark. Photos by Shaun Swingler. - 22 March 2018
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Women of Glebelands hostel devastated by violence

Part one of a series on political violence and the frustrated search for justice in KwaZulu-Natal

Text by Christopher Clark. Photos by Shaun Swingler. - 19 March 2018
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The forgotten mining town where rape is “normal”

Women and children bear the brunt of lawlessness at Durban Deep

Text by Christopher Clark. Photos by Shaun Swingler. - 16 January 2018
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Murder and corruption in the mining town the world forgot

Gold buyers in expensive cars extort rock-bottom prices from Durban Deep’s zama zamas, while the police look on

Text by Christopher Clark. Photos by Shaun Swingler. - 11 January 2018
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What happens when people in state housing cannot pay the rent?

A look at what happened at Steenvilla, Cape Town’s largest social housing complex

By Shaun Swingler and Maxwell Roeland - 5 December 2017
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“Drugs is a fight that we will never win”

Part three of our series on vigilantism in South Africa

Text by Christopher Clark. Photos by Shaun Swingler. - 29 August 2017
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“They say we are assaulting people. We say we are blessing them.”

Part two of a three part series on vigilantism in South Africa

Text by Christopher Clark. Photos by Shaun Swingler. - 25 August 2017
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“People call us before they call the police”: a vigilante group’s quest for legitimacy

Part one of a three part series on vigilantism in South Africa

Text by Christopher Clark. Photos by Shaun Swingler. - 22 August 2017
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Rough diamonds - part four: Illicit digging carries on

Miners are excavating new tunnels

Text by Kimon de Greef. Photos by Shaun Swingler. - 30 June 2016
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Rough diamonds - part three: “If we could work legally, we wouldn’t break the law”

Department of Mineral Resources criticised for its handling of mining disaster

Text by Kimon de Greef. Photos by Shaun Swingler. - 29 June 2016
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Rough diamonds - part two: “We held onto De Beers, but De Beers drifted away”

Unemployment in Namaqualand still fuels illicit mining today

Text by Kimon de Greef. Photos by Shaun Swingler. - 28 June 2016