Men’s Work Ethic

I sit in my car with David. It is his last day before he is about to leave to Eastern Cape to work with his brother. He says “I am ashamed of not being able to provide a home for my kids. Sometimes I think I must just start to rob again. But on the other . . . → Read More: Men’s Work Ethic

Intimate Friendship? A Man’s Relation with a Drug Lord

David calls his deceased ex-boss the ‘lanie of the site’. The term lanie, in this case, designates the power and status of the head of the drug house. The term was once predominantly used for white males and has shifted its meaning to encompass people who can afford an upper-class livestyle. Lanie has a somehow negative . . . → Read More: Intimate Friendship? A Man’s Relation with a Drug Lord

Tik Bail Out: A Risky Endeavor

Since my last visit David moved into another hokkie, this is how wooden sheds are called in the Cape Flats. It is located in a backyard behind a narrow gate. The place seems to be secured like a fortress. A dog is barking and must be locked in first. The landlady living in the main house . . . → Read More: Tik Bail Out: A Risky Endeavor

The Last Resort? Gang Violence in the Cape Flats

I wake up at one a clock just to here four shots quickly one after the other. This time the shooting is louder and closer than usually. About four hours later I wake up by noticing another shot which is followed by silence. I have dream about a murder. A dead body lies on the street. . . . → Read More: The Last Resort? Gang Violence in the Cape Flats