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EXCERPT | After xenophobic violence, there was Operation Fiela to 'sweep out the dirt'

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Matthew Wilhem-Solomon.
Matthew Wilhem-Solomon.
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Book: The Blinded City: Ten Years in Inner-City Johannesburg by Matthew Wilhelm-Solomon (Picador Africa).

In "The Blinded City: Ten Years in Inner-City Johannesburg", Matthew Wilhelm-Solomon recounts the history of inner-city Johannesburg from 2010 to 2019, primarily from the perspectives of the unlawful occupiers of spaces known as hijacked buildings, bad buildings or dark buildings. Tens of thousands of residents, both South African and foreign nationals, live in these buildings in dire conditions. The book tells the story of these sites and the court cases that determine who has the right to occupy the city. Wilhelm-Solomon holds a doctorate from the University of Oxford and has published widely in international journals and the South African media. In this excerpt, he recounts the "clean-up" campaign that followed the 2015 xenophobic violence in Johannesburg.

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