Photographs and text by JFC Clarke | Contributions by Darryl Accone, Johnny Masilela and Zwelakhe Mthwethwa




Hassen Mohideen standing in front of the house at 248 Jerusalem Street in which he was born on 3 April, 1956. In the foreground are the shadows of people standing in a taxi queue and behind Hassen is the dome of the Ismaili Mosque. On the right is Mohideen's Restaurant and Take Away on the corner of Jerusalem Street and Boom Street. Hassen attended the Indian Primary and High Schools in Marabastad. The business was started by Hassen's father and uncle in 1955. In 1972 the family was forced to leave their home in Marabastad and moved to Laudium. Mohideen's Restaurant continued operating and was taken over by Hassen in 1988.

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