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The Khosian people are one of the oldest indigenous groups in South Africa, with a rich cultural heritage that dates back thousands of years. They are composed of various subgroups, including the San and Khoi peoples, each with their distinct languages, customs, and traditions. Despite their significant contributions to South Africa’s history and culture, the Khosian people have endured a long history of marginalisation and oppression.

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Defining Africanism is a complex matter. It could be linked to melanin, ancestral roots, or the government’s perception. In a “woke” and capitalistic world, indigenous communities face challenges in defining themselves amidst borders, flags, and polarised politics. We address these issues, unearthing dangerous narratives that have impacted South Africa’s unity, once celebrated as a “rainbow nation,” now facing division as a “zebra nation.”

Join Rajan Nazran in an episode that delves into the rich cultural diversity and historical significance of South Africa. At the heart of the discussion lies the fate of the Khosian people, an indigenous group that has endured marginalisation and cultural erasure for centuries.

Through engaging conversations with 11 respected leaders from the Khoisan community, we explore the ongoing debate surrounding their identity crisis. As they navigate the delicate balance between integrating into broader South African society and preserving their distinct cultural heritage, we shed light on the tensions and complexities that define their struggle.

They highlight the pressing issue of land restitution, examining how Khosian communities were forcibly removed from their ancestral lands, leading to disconnection from their cultural roots and loss of livelihood. Despite being recognised as one of South Africa’s indigenous groups, the Khosian people still face challenges in attaining equal rights and opportunities, reflecting the persistent spectre of inequality in the nation.

South Africa’s Indian-origin community, comprising over 1.5 million people, has confronted significant challenges. In 2021, riots in Durban reignited discussions about nationalism and national identity. Amid the deafening silence from the world, the Global Indian Series took swift action, mobilising governments worldwide to condemn the violence.

Tune in for this eye-opening and thought-provoking exploration of South Africa’s national identity and the imperative to confront dangerous narratives threatening to erode its diverse tapestry.

Produced by Global Indian Series for the Global Indian Network.
Script by Rajan Nazran
original idea: Rajan Nazran

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