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"I am the opposition" tells the story of how the Xenophobic riots in in South Africa 2008 inspired CPUT student Thoko Miya to study journalism. It is an introspection on her thoughts, how one action can spark a movement. I am the opposition is her response to the question what lead to deciding to become a journalist.
Man in flames after being doused in petroleum by xenophobic
rioters. Police on scene to help. Image courtesy of Boston.com
South African Police arrive at scene to aid a Mozambican man
Ernesto Alfabeto Nhamuave who was set on fire in Reiger
Park during xenophobic clashes May 18, 2008. Nhamuave, a
35-year-old father of three, later died of his injuries, his body
returned to Mozambique to be buried: Image courtesy of
A crowd, armed with clubs, machetes and axes goes on
a rampage on May 20, 2008 during violent xenophobic
clashes at Reiger park informal settlement on the
outskirt of Johannesburg. Image courtesy of
A group of teenage mobsters gathers to watch the burning
remains of a neighbouring immigrant burn to ash. Image
Displaced migrant workers gather their belongings in the
aftermath of the Xenophobic crisis of 2008. Image
courtesy of U
The displaced remains of migrants in the aftermath of the
xenophobic attacks on May 18 2008 in the Reiters Township
Just outside Johannesburg. Image courtesy of Irinnews.org
Residents of Alexandra township with machetes, pangas and
spades. The violent nature of the revolting residents is clear.
Image courtesy of Themba Hadabe/AP
Young girl runs away from the scene of a burning shack.
Targeted specifically because the owner was an
immigrant from outside the country the house is seen as s
symbol of how immigrants were entitled to things which
South Africans did not have access tom like land and
resources to build their own homes. Image courtesy of
A young girl looks through the fence at one of the relief
camps which was set up as an intervention from UNHCR.
Photo courtesy of UNHCR
The image of Diepsloot Township in Soweto during the hight of the
xenophobic attacks in 2008. This powerful image show the
intersectionality between the deconstruction of townships and the
xenophobic attacks. Image courtesy of The apricity.com
Residents of Diepsloot who managed to get away from the
conflict were housed in make shift camps just outside of
Johannesburg. Image courtesy of UNCHR
Mob violence was exemplified during the xenophobic riots
of 2008 in townships in South Africa. Image courtesy of
Protesters show solidarity with survivors of the
xenophobic attacks. Image courtesy off Ella Phinda
Rioters in Cape Town meet to show that they are serious
about their demands of foreigners being moved from the
township. Image courtesy of Boston.com
The shack of an African migrant worker in the mines burns down
in Diepsloot Township Johannesburg. Image courtesy of Joao
Signs that went up in Alexandria Location shortly after
the Xenophobic attacks began. Image courtesy of Mike
Self portrait taken on New years day 2015. Young visionary, bold,
curious, ready to take on the new year. “Cheers to the new year”
Determined to break the microcosm of political, societal
and economic normatives by looking into various identity
groups and how they intersect.
Thoko Miya ages 12 pictured along with her sister Thato and
mother Baratang. Shortly before she began theorising about a
freedom movement which would represent the
A young revolutionary, Thoko Miya was inspired by the
writings of Nelson Mandela, Steve Biko, Graca Macel,
Mamphele Ramphele and other South African writers.
A thinker, a writer,a coder, poet, rapper, student of
philosophy my writing is inspired by the world with the
intention to change the world.