Service delivery and the war within : Wentworth, Durban, South Africa

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    Abstract: The events and reflections recounted in this article draw from a larger project that seeks to understand the notion of urban belonging in the post-apartheid city. In particular, my focus centred on neighbourhoods in Durban once set aside for those defined as Coloured. To this end, I began conducting interviews in Alabama Road, Wentworth, a township in the south basin of the city of Durban. In the midst of these interviews, tensions flared into two bloody confrontations between residents and private security, supported by the police. This article focuses on the events surrounding these conflicts, while drawing on research I had conducted through 2015. The spark for the tensions was the planned upgrading of 1148 dilapidated flats funded by the Provincial Department of Housing of KwaZulu-Natal. It is a story about service delivery, belonging and a deep sense of marginalisation.