The Cato Manor Massacre of 1960 and the Cato Manor 9.

The 1960s marked a time of increasing racial tension in Cato Manor, Durban. The police were clamping down on the illegal sale of home-brewed beer – after instigating the Native Beer Act of 1908, whereby the state monopolised the liquor industry so that citizens would use their state-run beer halls. Added to this, many black …

Uhlelo lweTheku noMthetho Wotshwala Besintu

Phakathi enkabeni yeTheku endaweni entsha eyisimodeni iRivertown kukhona iRivertown Beerhall, okuyindawo yokuzijabulisa egcwala intsha engamaciko nevela ezindaweni ezingaphandle kwaleli dolobha ezozitika ngobuhle nobumnandi obutholakala kuleli dolobha. Nokho le ndawo yokucima ukoma ebukeka ikhululekile inomlando omubi walezi zindawo zotshwala ezazibizwa ngama-beerhall (oluhhohho), ezaziyingxenye yohlelo lukahulumeni wengcindezelo eThekwini “iDurban System”. Lolu wuhlelo olwandulela uMthetho Wamapasi ka-1952 olwaluyindlela …

The Durban System and the Native Beer Act

In the heart of Durban’s hip new Rivertown is the Rivertown Beerhall, a social space filled with young creatives and out-of-towners taking in the sites and sounds of Durban’s newly gentrified CBD. But the relaxed bar belies the dark history of these beerhalls, that were a central part of the ‘Durban System’. A precursor to the dreaded …