South Africa: do you remember the days of Apartheid?

Black Looks takes us back to South Africa's Apartheid era with a post about Prison Number 4, where Ghandhi and Robert Sobukwe, the founder of the Pan-African Congress, were jailed: “TAUSER was the process of forcing black prisoners to strip naked, jump in the air in a scissor like move which would expose all parts of their bodies including the rectum. It was done in the open yard in front of all the other prisoners and the guards to check the prisoners were not hiding anything. Once political prisoners started entering the jail they began a protest to end the TAUSER.”


  • Tara Sidra (Picard)

    Did the protests accomplish anything? Are they still using the “Tauser” in their prisons. I know that here in the United States of America similiar tactics are used not only in our prisons but also in our jails. It’s a shame that people should have to go through such humility, especially in case the of the United States Jail system, where the person often times has not even been comvicted of a crime. Often they are being held temporarily while awaitng either bond or their trial. We often say one is innocent until proven guilty, however we do not treat each other in such a mannor, therefore I find it difficult as an American to condem what has accured in Africa due to the fact that it accurs here on a daily basis, regardless of whether the person is innocent or guilty.

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