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Indigenous land dispute dogs Amazon's Africa expansion

by Kim Harrisberg | @KimHarrisberg | Thomson


DURBAN, Aug 9 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Over 500 years ago, South Africa’s indigenous Khoi and San population fought off a Portuguese attack in one of the first, and most successful, anti-colonial battles in Africa.


Today, some descendants of the Khoi and San view U.S. retail giant Amazon’s attempts to build an Africa headquarters on the same land in Cape Town in similar terms.


Rights groups last week filed an interdict at the Western Cape High Court to halt the $284 million development which would include a hotel, residential units and retail offices including Amazon’s.


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