oa South African Journal of Cultural History - Horses, carts and taxis: transportation and mirginalization in three South African communities

Volume 13, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1011-3053



This article explores the notion of mobility and transport in South Africa in terms of its pre-historical context, transport vehicles such as the ox wagon, the indigenous African population as well as the politicization of public transport such as the taxi industry. Within this framework three case studies are set: horses in Lesotho, the 'Karretjie' people of the Karoo and the Ndebele traffic cop ritual. The political and socioeconomic dimensions of transportation, mobility, livelihood strategies, stereotypes and marginalization are discussed and compared.

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