Daniel Douek

What about the political violence in Southern Africa?

In 2009, Daniel traveled to South Africa to undertake field research on urban violence for his doctoral dissertation. After staying on the straight-and-narrow path for the first few days, interviewing experts in air-conditioned offices in the capital of Pretoria, he encountered a group of South Africans who told him that if he really wanted to understand violence in South Africa, they would take him to the Eastern Cape, a 13-hour drive away, where he could meet family members of theirs who had participated in the armed struggle against apartheid. He gave up all his carefully-laid plans to pursue this opportunity.

Daniel Douek, PhD, is a lecturer in Political Science at Concordia and McGill Universities in Montreal. He specializes in African Politics.

South Africa is dangerously moving towards a new form of apartheid where foreigners suffer segregation of local communities and are subject to be treated as second class citizens.