'Mayihlome!': Towards an understanding of Amalaita gangs in Durban, c.1900-1930

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dc.contributor.author La Hausse, Paul
dc.date.accessioned 2011-02-14T09:44:10Z
dc.date.available 2011-02-14T09:44:10Z
dc.date.issued 1987-04
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10539/9024
dc.description African Studies Seminar series. Paper presented April, 1987
dc.description.abstract In January 1915 eleven African youths armed with sticks were responsible for an apparently unprovoked assault on two African men. Half their number ware subsequently arrested and charged with breach of the peace. In the hot, dusty courtroom two intriguing facts came to light. Firstly, the victims of the assault were members of another more formally constituted body – the much resented African section of the Durban Borough Police. And secondly, the gang members failed to recognize them as policemen since one of them had been playing a mouth-organ. Perhaps the keen imagination of one of the youthful accused was responsible for providing the court with the vision of a policeman playing a mouth-organ, the possession of which sealed off what one official called the 'name universe' of the 'turbulent umfaan' from the ragged respectability of older African workers in the town. Either way, the ranks of youthful accused received sentences which, between 1900 and 1930, were shared by thousands of other young male workers - several months hard labour and at least ten lashes. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries African Studies Institute;ISS 238
dc.subject Gangs. South Africa. Durban. History. 20th century en_US
dc.subject Industrial relations. South Africa. Durban. History. 20th century en_US
dc.subject Labor. South Africa. Durban en_US
dc.subject Crime. South Africa. Durban en_US
dc.subject Youth, Black. South Africa. Durban en_US
dc.subject Durban (South Africa). Economic conditions en_US
dc.subject Durban (South Africa). Race relations en_US
dc.title 'Mayihlome!': Towards an understanding of Amalaita gangs in Durban, c.1900-1930 en_US
dc.type Working Paper en_US
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