Since 1978, Manyathela Mvelase has lived at the Wolhuter Hostel in Jeppestown. Predominately Zulu hostels like this one had been viewed as Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) strongholds, which explains their politically untenable position in the eyes of the current ANC-controlled government. They are now viewed, particularly by the state machinery, as housing armies of malcontents stoking violence. Mvelase lives in a small, multi-room outbuilding adjacent to the hostel blocks and serves as the hostel’s induna, a Zulu term which implies a bridge between the monarch and his subjects. To earn a living, he plies his trade as a herbalist and healer.