Themba Hadebe, now an Associated Press, AP, photographer, grew up in Thokoza, a township near Johannesburg. In the early 90s, “black-on-black violence” between the African National Congress, ANC, and the Inkatha Freedom Party, IFP, flared there. It was largely orchestrated by the Apartheid government to delay its own demise. Hadebe, who had wanted to become a photographer since childhood, prevailed against prejudice and ended up working alongside the world’s conflict photographers who gathered here.
This video is one in a series of interviews with South African photographers about photography and democracy here – then and now.
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