Death of Nqobile Nzuza

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Nqobile Nzuza was a resident in the Marikana Land Occupation in Cato Crest in Durban. She was a member of the shackdwellers' social movement Abahlali baseMjondolo.[1]

On 30 September 2013, at the age of 17 years, Ms. Nzuza was shot dead during an anti-eviction protest organised by Marikana residents.[2]

Police admitted to shooting Nzuza, and another resident who was wounded, but claimed they were acting in self-defence.[3]

The death caused significant controversy. There were a range of letters and statements on the matter by well-known US based academics such as Noam Chomsky[4] and Anglican Bishop Rubin Phillip.[5]

In 2018 a police officer, convicted of the murder in late 2017, was sentenced to ten years in prison.[6]

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