Nelson Mandela University
Mandisi Majavu is lecturer in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology (Incorporating History), at Nelson Mandela University, South Africa. He works on the critical theorization of anti-black racism. He has written on sociology of race, the black diaspora, post-apartheid racism, and African geo-politics, and is author of the book Uncommodified Blackness (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017). Uncommodified Blackness investigates the contemporary anti-black racism that black Africans face in Australia and New Zealand. Mandisi was awarded a Research Grant by the Nelson Mandela University in 2018 for his current research project, entitled Race and Crime in Post-Apartheid Townships. This research project seeks to understand the impact of crime on poor communities in the city. Research on crime in South Africa reveals a long history of violence, crime, urban repression, disorder and conflict. Ever since the South African Police Service was founded in 1913, its goal was to enforce racist laws, while simultaneously, suppressing anti-colonial and anti-apartheid political movements. Dominant narratives about crime in South Africa inaccurately portray white South Africans as being disproportionally affected by crime in South Africa. Within the paradigm of #BlackLivesMatter, this research project contradicts this narrative by showing that crime in South Africa is highly concentrated in the black townships, and thus blacks make up the majority of victims of crime in post-apartheid South Africa.