Design of the week: The spirit of the tokoloshe

2014-11-02 15:00

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Tokolos Stencils first caught my eye during the second anniversary of the Marikana uprising.

Their striking stencil of Mambush, the “Man in the Green Blanket”, with the words, ‘Remember Marikana’ and ‘Ramaphosa’ emblazoned above it began appearing on city walls, billboards and street kerbs.

Tokolos is a collective of anonymous graffiti artists that uses the art form to raise questions about inequality, injustice and government’s failings. It urges you to download your own stencil and get involved, even offering a “how-to” on tracing, cutting out and spray-painting the stencil.

Their website states “to terrorise the powers that be, the tokoloshe emerges from obscurity.

It reminds South Africans, young and old, that freedom and justice remain elusive unless we are willing to fight for it”. Tokolos is also behind the Dehumanisation Zone graffiti you might have seen popping up around Cape Town.

The collective calls the Langa Temporary Relocation Area – the area Langa township residents were relocated to, to make way for an N2 Gateway project – a “dumping zone”, and the stencils say as much.

Check out this important collective on or by searching for Tokolos Stencil Collective on Facebook. May the Tokolos be with you

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


6 myths about male cancer

It is important to be aware of the most prevalent cancer diseases amongst men in our country.


You won't want to miss...

Who are the highest paid models of 2017?
10 gorgeous plus-sized models who aren't Ashley Graham
5 top leg exercises for men
10 best dressed men of 2017
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.