Thursday, May 17, 2007

The ‘Devil’ himself walks through the streets of Durban

In the chapter, The ‘Devil’ himself walks through the streets of Durban, Elias Cebekhulu and Evan Mantzaris depict Durban as a city suffused with crime, ‘a magnet’ which ‘attracts people who have no intention of making a good day’s living.’ The paper comprises a series of graphic sketches about the lifestyles and reputations of gangsters in Durban, the crime economy and the commonality of petty crime, bribery and corruption. It is a descriptive piece about ‘criminals’ and where they hang out and socialise in they city. They argue that this is the harsh reality, recently borne out by the spate of muggings of sociology delegates attending the 2006 International Sociology Conference.

Cebekhulu, Elias, and Mantzaris, Evan. 'The ‘Devil’ himself walks through the streets of Durban', in Rob Pattman and Sultan Khan (Eds.), Undressing Durban (Durban: Madiba Press, 2007), pp. 264-269.