Koni Benson

Dr Koni Benson, is postdoctoral research fellow at the African Centre for Cities and in the Department of Historical Studies. At ACC she is part of the NOTRUC project (see link). She works at the intersection of historical studies, feminism and pedagogy, formal and popular.

In her multiple efforts to popularise histories of marginalised people, she recently developed a comic book series with the Tantraal Brothers on her historical work on Crossroads, the only informal settlement in Cape Town to successfully resist bulldozers at the height of apartheid in the 1970s and 80s. This area was again at the forefront of struggle in 1998, when the Women’s Power Group staged a four- month sit-in at the city council housing offices. The series tells the story of these women, mainly migrants from the former Eastern Cape homelands of Transkei and Ciskei, and their fight for better housing and living conditions – which continues today.

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