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Samora Machel – a life cut short

When Samora's eldest brother died in the mines, the mining company sent forty pounds as compensation. Other relatives came home without limbs, blind, or deathly sick from tuberculosis or pleurisy—for which they rarely received even token compensation

KZN – ‘where those who run crazy are the only sane ones’

In KwaShange and in other areas affected by political violence in the Natal Midlands, the vast majority of young men who were born during the political violence are between 23 and 26 years of age at the time of writing. There is also a sizeable group of those who were ‘heroes’ in the Vulindlela conflict. For these young men, trauma is not 'post', but rather 'current', and part of their everyday life