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‘Between life and death’: On land, silence and liberation in the capital city

Stephan F. de Beer
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 70, No 1 | a2075 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v70i1.2075 | © 2014 Stephan F. de Beer | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 28 September 2013 | Published: 01 August 2014

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Stephan F. de Beer, Centre for Contextual Ministry, University of Pretoria, South Africa


This article reflects on the unfinished task of liberation – as expressed in issues of land – and drawing from the work of Franz Fanon and the Durban-based social movement Abahlali baseMjondolo. It locates its reflections in four specific sites of struggle in the City of Tshwane, and against the backdrop of the mission statement of the Faculty of Theology at the University of Pretoria, as well as the Capital Cities Research Project based in the same university. Reflecting on the ‘living death’ of millions of landless people on the one hand, and the privatisation of liberation on the other, it argues that a liberating praxis of engagement remains a necessity in order to break the violent silences that perpetuate exclusion.


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