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Mozambican slave descendants fight for snatched S. African land

Mozambican slave descendants fight for snatched S. African land

KIM HARRISBERG  ABEY Canthitoo was eight when tractors roared in to demolish his home and turn his neighbourhood into a white-only area during South Africa's apartheid regime. Six decades on, his community is reviving its fight to get back the confiscated land. Canthitoo is one of thousands of descendants of freed northern Mozambican slaves - known as the Makua people - brought to South Africa by the British in the 1870s after they intercepted illegal slave ships en route to Zanzibar. Now 67, Canthitoo said his memories of the eviction forever called to mind his great-grandmother's kidnapping by slave traders…
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