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Duduza is located in South Africa
 Duduza shown within South Africa
Coordinates: 26°23′S 28°24′E / 26.383°S 28.400°E / -26.383; 28.400Coordinates: 26°23′S 28°24′E / 26.383°S 28.400°E / -26.383; 28.400
Country South Africa
Province Gauteng
Municipality Ekurhuleni
 • Total 11.23 km2 (4.34 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 73,295
 • Density 6,500/km2 (17,000/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[1]
 • Black African 98.9%
 • Coloured 0.4%
 • Indian/Asian 0.2%
 • White 0.1%
 • Other 0.4%
First languages (2011)[1]
 • Zulu 64.7%
 • Sotho 16.2%
 • Xhosa 5.8%
 • Northern Sotho 2.6%
 • Other 10.7%
Postal code (street) 1496
PO box 1494

Duduza is a township west of Nigel on the East Rand, Gauteng, South Africa. It was established in 1964 when Africans were resettled from Charterston because it was considered by the apartheid government to be too close to a white town. A local authority was established in 1983. Duduza experienced violent school, consumer, bus, and rent boycotts from 1984 to 1987. A state of emergency was imposed in July 1985 and the South African Army was called in as the violence peaked.

The name Duduza means "to comfort" in English; this was to comfort the forced removal of the residents of the then-Charterston township, which was also known as Beirut.[citation needed] Duduza was one of the most highly active townships in South Africa in the fight against apartheid. It is also recorded as the first place where a 'necklace mob' burned a person to death by using a tire filled with gasoline.[citation needed] It has produced a lot of prominent figures such as Ntombi Mekgwe, Vuyo Mokoena, Njabulo Ndebele to name a few.


  1. ^ a b c d "Main Place Duduza". Census 2011.