Top of the Vox: Chatsworth Camp closes, kind of
â€œThe government is taking a gamble with foreign lives as it cannot totally guarantee our safety in the community…Â I am still scared of the community; I am still young, and I have so much to do before I die.â€
Congolese refugee Mike Kachima, 24, spoke to Qiniso Mbili about his anger and fear at having to leave Chatsworth displaced persons camp, which was officially closed on Tuesday. Kachima was a victim of the recent xenophobic attacks, and he is unwilling to return to his community in Isipingo; it says a lot about his predicament that he is thinking about going home to the war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo instead.
Must-read, this week
Just because xenophobia is no longer all over the front pages doesnâ€™t mean itâ€™s disappeared from real life. Tendai Marima investigates why some Zimbabweans looking to make a better life for themselves still see hopping the border â€“ or even braving the crocodile-infested Limpopo â€“ as the best optionÂ and Raâ€™eesa Pather reports on the how the closure of the Cape Town Refugee Reception Office has affected refugees in the Mother City.Â
So, it’s been just more than a week since President Jacob Zuma released the findings of the Farlam Comission Inquiry into Marikana. We know you meant to read the entire report, but 600+ pages is a bit of a time suck. Luckily, journalist Richard Stupart did it for you â€“ with commentary. Aaisha Dadi PatelÂ chatted to himÂ about the caffeine-fueled undertaking.
Toon of the week:Â
No electricity hikes for nowâ€¦ but that means more load shedding
Earlier this week, seven lions flew from South Africa all the way to Rwanda, where theyâ€™ll find a new home at Akagera National Park. Firdaus Khan visited the big cats while they were in transit at OR Tambo, and found out more about this African conservation effort.