A starting point for this installation is the South African Native Beer Act of 1908, a state sanctioned act that illegalised and controlled the age-old production of traditional sorghum-based beer called umqombothi.

  • 24 May 2024
  • Exhibition Opening

A starting point for this installation is the South African Native Beer Act of 1908, a state sanctioned act that illegalised and controlled the age-old production of traditional sorghum-based beer called umqombothi. The implementation of this act was part of a global colonial system, termed alco-colonisation, in which the production and trade of alcohol was used to dispossess Black peoples in the so-called colonies across the African continent. This work however focuses on a sequence of events that played out in Durban as a consequence under, what came to be known as, the Durban System. At the forefront of the resistance to the said system were black women who eventually staged the Beerhall Riots of 1959.


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