In January 2015 the killing of the 14-year old Siphiwe Mahori in Snake Park, Soweto ignited a major wave of xenophobic attacks as across South Africa.
Siphiwe Mahori was shot by a Somali shopkeeper who said he was fearing for his life. The story was international news, but quickly forgotten.
“One Night in Snake Park” investigates the killing of Siphiwe Mahori. Why was the shooter let off with a suspended sentence? Why was his shop attacked? Why do xenophobic attacks keep happening? Why did Siphiwe have to die?
This podcast is made with the support of a Taco Kuiper Investigative Journalism grant. Sound Africa is supported by Hindenburg Systems and the Open Society Foundation’s Program for Independent Journalism.