Tik, Tik, Tik: Methamphetamine Rage in Cape Town’s Suburbs

‘I will kill you,’ somebody yells outside. I’m sitting on a chair and look through the open door into the stairway hall on what seemed to be a peaceful morning. Juan gets up hastily and runs out to see what’s going on. Then a young woman runs up the stairs and hides on the first floor. . . . → Read More: Tik, Tik, Tik: Methamphetamine Rage in Cape Town’s Suburbs

MXit Relationship Problems

Juan met Martina in a chatroom on MXit, a free instant messaging application which runs on mobile phones. They had already agreed upon that they would take an HIV test to be able to keep it ‘romantic’. Artificial barriers, Juan holds, should not spoil the first date. After a week of one-on-one messaging they met for . . . → Read More: MXit Relationship Problems

‘I’m so cross that I smack her’: Domestic Violence from the Perspective of a Perpetrator

For the first time the soft-spoken man reveals that the marriage, he so far presented as the corner stone of his life, lies actually in ruins. The matraze on which I was sitting last time is gone. “On Thursday she came home and was mad at me. I don’t know but I think it was because . . . → Read More: ‘I’m so cross that I smack her’: Domestic Violence from the Perspective of a Perpetrator

How to become racist?

The young man asserts that in the past under Apartheid life in South Africa was more “peaceful” and “healthier.” The rise of murder, robbery, and rape that the country has seen in the last decade he takes as a proof of the failure of democracy. “Look how many blacks are in jail… If you look at . . . → Read More: How to become racist?

“I knocked him out!”

“I hit one of them at my mothers house, just one punch and I knocked him out.” George reveals an incident that happened three years ago while sitting on the sofa forming a fist. Then he reluctantly adds “He was drunk.”

“Why did you do that?” I want to know.

“He knocked on the door and asked for . . . → Read More: “I knocked him out!”

Public Urination: A Matter of Concern

After a TV show about racist White South Africans my host George spiraled into a state of annoyance. Crime bothers him very much but there is another issue that distresses him more, namely, public urination and defecation. While he addressed the threat of robbery and rape only four a couple of minutes, he can talk about . . . → Read More: Public Urination: A Matter of Concern

No case against sexual harassment

“Today there is good news. We will not have to leave the house!” Tiffany instructs me happily. The couple drew back the case against sexual harassment at the workplace because the perpetrator is renting them out the house they always dreamt of. Her employer had fired her after she did not want to reciprocate his advances. . . . → Read More: No case against sexual harassment