Mphumeleli Ngidi

Mphumeleli Ngidi

Ngidi is a PhD candidate at UKZN whose research focuses on South African sport history,
community, inter-race and Zulu identity history of KZN. He has presented his papers in
numerous academic and social gatherings such as :.

the 2013 Biennial Southern African Historical Society (SAHS) in Gaborone, Botswana, 27 – 30 June 2013
the Historical Association of South Africa (HASA) Biennial Conference at Blue
Waters Hotel, Durban; 26- 28 June 2014.
the 2nd annual Memory in Africa Conference at UKZN, Durban; 14 – 15
November 2014.
the Biennial Southern African Historical Society (SAHS), University of
Stellenbosch, Western Cape, 1 –3 July 2015.
the World Social Science Forum (WSSF), International Convention Centre,
Durban, 13 – 16 September 2015.
the Indian Diaspora Conference: ‘Celebrating 155 years of Indians in South
Africa’, UKZN, Durban, 11 – 14 November 2015.
the Workshop on Mzala Nxumalo, Mzala Nxumalo Centre, Pietermaritzburg, 26
February 2016.
the University of Pretoria Colloquium, Pretoria, 20 June 2016
He has published two articles:

M. Ngidi, “Inter-race soccer and the 1960 riots in Durban, South Africa,” Historia
59, 2, November 2014, pp. 326-343.
M. Ngidi, “The Natal Inter-Race Soccer Tournament (1946-1960) and race
identities in KwaZulu-Natal”, New Contree, 70, Special Edition; December
Ngidi is currently writing up his PhD dissertation on the memories of people who
were forced to move from Durban’s Cato Manor to racially orientated

The Natal Inter-Race Soccer Tournament (1946-1960) and race identities in KwaZulu-

The 1950s were witness to experiments in “inter-race” soccer86 because raciallybased
African, Indian, and Coloured teams played against each other at provincial and
national levels. Sports officials felt that this was a positive development as teams were
breaking racial barriers. However, as the decade wore on and the Defiance Campaign
of 1952 and the Treason Trial (1956-1961) heightened political consciousness, sports
officials and many activists came to believe that racialised teams were anomalous and
were in fact exacerbating race consciousness. The fears of critics of inter-race soccer
matches materialised when riots broke out at a soccer match between the South
African Indian XI and the South African Africans XI at Curries Fountain, Durban, on 31
July 1960. These riots took on racial overtones. This article discusses the inauguration
of inter-race tournaments, the riots themselves, and the aftermath of the riots. A key
argument is that the riots played an important role in bringing about non-racial football
in South Africa in the 1960s.

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