Eddie Rakabe | How malls became the prisons of SA's consumerism culture

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Sandton City. Photo: Liberty Two Degrees
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By far, the prevalence of shopping malls in South Africa is arguably the unbearable manifestation of capital misallocation and consumerism culture, writes Eddie Rakabe

"They won't build no schools anymore, all they build are shopping malls."

This line could be a fitting present-day rendition of the legendary Lucky Dube's song, titled "Prisoner", released at the tail end of apartheid to decry and highlight the dire state of socio-economic conditions and underdevelopment in black communities - which turned many young boys into criminals.

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