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Tony Roshan Samara: A New Form of Apartheid Taking Hold in Cape Town

By James Greif
George Mason University

The South African government’s crackdown on crime in the name of urban renewal in many ways is reproducing the repressive nature and massive racial and socioeconomic inequalities of life under apartheid, says a Mason expert.

Tony Roshan Samara, Mason associate professor of sociology and anthropology, examines these issues in a new book, “Cape Town after Apartheid: Crime and Governance in the Divided City” (University of Minnesota Press).

Apartheid was a policy of racial segregation initiated in South Africa between 1948 and 1994, involving political, legal and economic discrimination. The policy formally ended with multiracial democratic elections in 1994. However, much of the damage and inequality that these policies caused are still present in today’s South Africa and are noticeable in cities like Cape Town.

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