South Africa danger zone: Living in a ‘hijacked’ building

Inner-city Johannesburg in South Africa tends to be dangerous for outsiders, with high levels of crime, drugs and prostitution.

Photographer Shiraaz Mohamed gained the trust of some who live there to find out more about their home in one of the area’s infamous and derelict buildings.

  • BBC

It is more than 17 years since the authorities declared the San Jose building in Hillbrow unfit for human habitation.

Today the multi-storey structure stands bare – stripped of all its furnishings and fittings, including the door and window frames.

They were all converted to cash at scrapyards a long time ago.

The residents who…

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