Sunday Times

When fear and hate turn a brother into an enemy

- Skuy is the Sunday Times’s chief photograph­er and Oatway formerly worked as the newspaper’s picture editor

‘Whenever fresh violence erupts, my stomach begins to knot with tension,” writes photograph­er James Oatway at the beginning of [BR]OTHER, a collaborat­ion with colleague Alon Skuy.

This powerful book is a journey into the dark depths of xenophobia, a frightenin­g world where helpless victims are set alight, stabbed, hounded and robbed just because they are from another country.

“When I think back on these darkest days and nights it stirs in me feelings that are long suppressed. I cannot imagine what those on the receiving end of such attacks must live with,” says Skuy.

Xenophobic violence first flared in South African cities in May 2008 and there have been intermitte­nt outbreaks since.

Both photograph­ers have received internatio­nal recognitio­n for their work, which originates from a strong belief in justice for all. Their hope is that their book will serve as a call to action, a catalyst to help heal the fragile South African society .

 ?? Picture: James Oatway ?? A terrified man begs for his life. He was saved from the mob only after producing his South African identity document. An ’anti-crime march’ had turned into an anti-migrant hunt. ‘We are the barbarians,’ writes political commentato­r Justice Malala in one of the accompanyi­ng essays.
Picture: James Oatway A terrified man begs for his life. He was saved from the mob only after producing his South African identity document. An ’anti-crime march’ had turned into an anti-migrant hunt. ‘We are the barbarians,’ writes political commentato­r Justice Malala in one of the accompanyi­ng essays.
 ?? Picture: Alon Skuy ?? A resident of the Ramaphosa informal settlement in Ekurhuleni, east of Johannesbu­rg, fights the flames engulfing a shack in 2008. Tens of thousands fled their homes and hundreds of shops were looted.
Picture: Alon Skuy A resident of the Ramaphosa informal settlement in Ekurhuleni, east of Johannesbu­rg, fights the flames engulfing a shack in 2008. Tens of thousands fled their homes and hundreds of shops were looted.
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‘[BR]OTHER’ Oatway & Skuy Recommende­d price: R380 Jacana Media
 ??  ?? Alon Skuy, left, and James Oatway. Picture: Alaister Russell
Alon Skuy, left, and James Oatway. Picture: Alaister Russell
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 ??  ?? SCAPEGOATS Clockwise from far right: Angry South Africans block a road in Ramaphosa settlement, east of Johannesbu­rg, as migrants became scapegoats for the government’s failure to tackle crime, unemployme­nt, lack of housing and poor service delivery.
Dismembere­d mannequins in a shop destroyed by people rioting in Johannesbu­rg for five days in September 2019. At least a dozen people were killed and many injured or displaced.
The vigilante group ‘Concerned Residents of Orange Grove and Alexandra’ in August 2019 ‘evicted ’ migrants they claimed had ‘hijacked’ properties from the Johannesbu­rg Property Company. This man in Orange Grove said he was South African but was nonetheles­s forced out onto the pavement with all his possession­s.
SCAPEGOATS Clockwise from far right: Angry South Africans block a road in Ramaphosa settlement, east of Johannesbu­rg, as migrants became scapegoats for the government’s failure to tackle crime, unemployme­nt, lack of housing and poor service delivery. Dismembere­d mannequins in a shop destroyed by people rioting in Johannesbu­rg for five days in September 2019. At least a dozen people were killed and many injured or displaced. The vigilante group ‘Concerned Residents of Orange Grove and Alexandra’ in August 2019 ‘evicted ’ migrants they claimed had ‘hijacked’ properties from the Johannesbu­rg Property Company. This man in Orange Grove said he was South African but was nonetheles­s forced out onto the pavement with all his possession­s.
 ??  ?? EMMANUEL SITHOLE Clockwise from far left: This horrific story appeared on the front page of the Sunday Times in April 2015. Emmanuel Sithole was pursued down Second Avenue in Alexandra before his murderers bludgeoned him with a spanner and stabbed him through the heart. Sithole had come from Mozambique to seek a better life for his family.
A protest against ‘criminals and drug dealers’ in Pretoria West in 2017 turned into a series of random attacks on migrants, during which this church minister was injured.
Adding to the economy is Chantal Nsunda, who runs a small dressmakin­g business in central Johannesbu­rg. Born in Angola, she had lived in the Democratic Republic of Congo before moving to SA in 1997.
EMMANUEL SITHOLE Clockwise from far left: This horrific story appeared on the front page of the Sunday Times in April 2015. Emmanuel Sithole was pursued down Second Avenue in Alexandra before his murderers bludgeoned him with a spanner and stabbed him through the heart. Sithole had come from Mozambique to seek a better life for his family. A protest against ‘criminals and drug dealers’ in Pretoria West in 2017 turned into a series of random attacks on migrants, during which this church minister was injured. Adding to the economy is Chantal Nsunda, who runs a small dressmakin­g business in central Johannesbu­rg. Born in Angola, she had lived in the Democratic Republic of Congo before moving to SA in 1997.
 ?? Pictures: James Oatway ??
Pictures: James Oatway
 ?? Pictures: Alon Skuy ??
Pictures: Alon Skuy

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