YEA SWAER...ALEA JACTA EST EH?
Now, if you're not really paying attention, some of the points might seem to make sense to you and this muntu might seem like one of those rare impartial ones. If that's the case, read over and over and you will infer from her writing that she has a great dis-like of whites and feels immensely sorry for blacks.
The imminent FIFA World Cup has brought out the best and worst in us. And while it is important for us to focus on all the amazing things that are happening in our country, to sweep all the embarrassing things under the carpet, even for four weeks, could do us more harm than good.
When the mayor of Cape Town, Dan Plato announced that the toilets that remained exposed after an ANC Youth League-led rampage had been removed I was puzzled. The toilets had stood there uncovered, for years. Why the sudden attack of conscience on the city's part?
It has been suggested that it did not look good for a city expecting hordes of World Cup tourists and media to have open toilets dotting township landscapes. It made sense to me.
So, in making sure that the world gets the best reception and is not confronted by awkward sights, the city could have muddied further its relationship with the poor.
While Cape Town has been installed as the jewel of South Africa it should not be forgotten that it is home to many poor people. The same poor people who keep the city's vital service industry working. (Hahaha are you serious? You mean the same poor people that keep the city's crime rate up. Would there be a service industry if it weren't for the ungrateful whites? And what do you want? For Cape Town to say "Hey everybody, come see how poor we are!"?)
Hiding the poor (it has been reported that the homeless are being taken off the streets to shelters and squatters have been fenced off from view at a training ground) (Probably because the soccer players don't want their stuff to get stolen. Amazing how she's making the poor out to be these innocent souls who are just trying to fit in. This she-boon needs to watch the Cape Town episode of that Ross Kemp show so she can really see what the poor contribute to Cape Town) and their living conditions from tourists will not impress anyone. Chances are, even the tourists themselves won't take kindly to this. (Will they take kindly to being raped?)
Cape Town's constant need to hide its poverty and pretend that it is all beaches, mountains and good food will not help the city fight off the perception that it is racist towards black people. Because most of the city's poor are black, it does not take much for a determined person to make desperate people see racism. She sounds impartial
But this perception is not only engrained in the informal settlement or townships around Cape Town.
When I moved to Cape Town, mixed in with all the advice about the fun things to do in Cape Town was a warning: Beware of racist Cape Town. It's been three months and the warnings have proved unnecessary. Personally, I've had no bad experiences and believe it will stay that way. Still sounds very impartial.
But when things like this happen it becomes difficult, even for an optimist like me, to convincingly say that racism in Cape Town is no more potent than in Johannesburg – which I believe to be true. There it is. Johannesburg is racist, she believes. How is Johannesburg racist if it is ruled by the ANC? You can't blame whites for your failures anymore!
The events of the past few days at the Makhaza informal settlement were no doubt influenced by the ANCYL, (So why then is it whites that are being racist here?) but it is on the city council as the elected body to ensure that relations with its residents are not severed to serve the aesthetical needs of tourists who don't want toilets littering their views of township life.
But then again, I hope there were other more substantial reasons why the toilets were removed completely, because when FIFA packs up the tent and the caravan rides out of town we should make sure that the divides are not more pronounced than before. (Nice little apartheid guilt-trip line to end off. Typical zot reporter.)
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POST SENT BY R.T ( EASTERN CAPE)