State Failures and Inequality: Durban’s Riots of 1949

January 13th, 2021 marked 72 years since Durban’s riots of 1949. At face value, it seemed as though the riots were ignited when an Indian shopkeeper assaulted an African youth. This moment – and a number of pertinent socio-economic factors – ignited a wave of violence across Durban and Pietermaritzburg. It saw South African Zulu […]