Nonkululeko Dube

South Africa

Nonkululeko Dube is a photographer and writer (b. in 1995) in South Africa and lives in Johannesburg. She is currently a student of the Photojournalism and Documentary Photography Programme student at The Market Photo Workshop. Nonkululeko started working with founded by Prof. Sir Zanele Muholi in 2018 immediately after she graduated from her photography enrolment with Inkanyiso Mobile School of Photography. Most of her work published by is based on sexuality and documenting events. Her first exhibition was a collaborative - project exhibition at the Market Photo Workshop in collaboration with the Netherlands Embassy on Sexuality and Gender-Based violence titled “Volume 44”. Her second exhibition was in Heidelberg, Germany At the Queer Festival titled “Breaking Gender Stereotypes”. As a photographer, her work focuses on documentary and conceptualized photography. She focuses on recording memories of the past and traumatic instants as a catharsis. She aims to Discover environmental and social issues that prompt humans to start investigating within and questioning the norm. Most of her work is inspired by her background and the way she was raised as a girl child, she always felt growing up that she was oppressed by her own traditional and religious values.

Project description

Project Details

Location: Johannesburg

Country: South Africa

Year: 2020

Police Brutality in South Africa (The Echoes of Apartheid)

Despite racial reconciliation that emerged after the end of apartheid, poor and black South Africans still fall victim to security forces that now are mostly black. The police often are accused of resorting to heavy-handed tactics. Angelo Fick, a researcher of human rights and equality, said of the security forces: 'white people are policed differently from blacks in South Africa in what they call 'the echoes of apartheid' - the house where you put new furniture, but this is still the old house.'

This project is a reflection of the fear I have towards police officers and trying to address the injustices witnessed without showing any identity. Using one wonders what happens when security forces allegedly murdered Collin Khosa, who does Khosa's family report the case? Looking at injustices and brutality, the killing of George Floyd in the US and the subsequent protests provoked a lot of emotions in South Africans because they have been experiencing the brutality and injustices of the police. Fick says that there are comparisons to be made in terms of race and class dynamics between the George Floyd and Collin Khosa incidents of police brutality, as well as the context in which they happened. The killing of black people in the US and their deaths in police custody is the consequences of living as a minority population in a majority white country. It has a specific history of white supremacy, slavery, and colonial violence indigenous people and people brought to the US by slavery. 

But in South Africa, black people die at the hands of police in a country where the majority is black, and we have a history of violence in the form of colonialism and slavery. Fick continues by saying: 'the class distinction in South Africa is mapped onto the race distinction. Yes, racism is there, but there are experiences that many of us in middle-class black South Africa need never fear, our homes will never be invaded.'

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