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Blood and bullets for beds in Durban’s killing fields

An apartheid-era housing project has claimed more than 120 lives – double the kill rate in Yemen

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When children at Umlazi’s Glebelands Hostel hear an “innocent” loud bang, they instinctively respond like “small soldiers” and flatten themselves to the ground.

Such is the level of fear and post-traumatic stress among the 22,000 people who have been living in a “state-sanctioned warzone”, where hitmen have killed 120 people between 2014 and 2019.

It was a politicised turf war, sparked by the sale of beds and rooms in the less-than-2km² radius...

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