feature: unlabelled x afropunk: post-apartheid youth subcultures in south africa

August 24, 2016

From Unlabelled Magazine: “In the last two decades, South Africa has seen the documentation of various subcultures; many of which have existed before they were documented. Many of these subcultures, unable to conform to or identify with dominant and commercial culture, create and represent minority or divergent ideologies and identities most observable through music, fashion and language.”

“One of the newest and most controversial post-Apartheid subcultures influenced by the swenkas and pantsulas are the Izikhotane or the Skhotanes. Meaning ‘to lick’ or ‘to boast’, Izikhotane became fodder for public criticism after Third Degree featured township battles.”

Check out some visuals below, and read more about the post-apartheid youth subcultures at!

Creative Direction: Phendu Kuta

Photography: Obakeng Molepe

Photography Assistant: Sesona Mahlahla

Writing: Fatima Mathivha