So a quick dose of ‘rural’ reality for those who’ve never had the pleasure of delving into the ‘squatter camp’ mentality.
During lunch I had this very interesting conversation with one of the workers. This started with me inquiring whether Soshanguve North was more dangerous than the area we are currently working in (sosh a-b). Sosh north’s completely squatter, with very few houses, while a-b mostly rdp/subsidized housing.
To my surprise he replied that sosh North is by far the safest, while saying this he continually pointed out houses belonging to police officers or soldiers.
To my own stupidity (and non rural upbringing) I asked if for this exact reason it shouldn’t be a lot safer here. Jeez did I put my foot into it, his passionate retort to this question had me dodging his hands and spittle as he furiously explained this to me.
“You see, there by me, ons loop saam, daai izinoga (excuse spelling, snake in norther-soeto, and his proffered word for law enforcement) hul kom nie da, ons sal hom jaag! By my ons kan slaap by die straat, jy kan jou huis los, hy’s safe. Jy sien daar jy skree, almal kom uit hulle slaat hom, ons-ons glo by people justice, ons is ons mense, ons loop saam. Daars net een izinoga wat da bly, hy’s n kaptein by die station, mar hy se, julle maak kla, ek vat wat oorbly weg…
Mar hier-hier bly baie van daai slange, by die nag jy kani hier loop, hulle sal jou roof, slaan en jy kan fokkel doenie. Want dis die slang, of sy seun wat jou rob en wa gan jy? Jy gan by die station hy slaan jou wee, jy kan hom nie trust nie. So as daar baie poliesie is jy kani! Dis te dangerous!!!”
Wow, how’s that for logic hey. The reality in all these places. There’s nearly no screening in sa for our enforcement services, no discipline beaten into these people. Only a very dangerous thug like system (thug life biatche) armed, trained and payed for by our tax (psssshhh sorry yours).
Thugs spreading violence and fear, committing all the atrocities they’re supposed to protect these people from. These people need protection, life’s horribly cheap here, strangely I am safe actually protected by my skin color, crazy isn’t it. Very few street lights, kilometers to travel by foot, often woman alone, through dark ways beneath train tracks, through thick bushes, so many places to be scared of, so many places for the ‘izinoga’ to wait for you. Darkened houses with no protection, no escape. And traveling at ungodly hours to come clean our houses….
Just thought that was interesting…