Mandela’s Birthday: Where have the leaders gone?

Robert is a long-standing political activist and teacher in Mitchells Plain. He wants to introduce me to his ANC comrades, particularly an old friend who used to be a minister in the South African government for many years. I have seen him on TV before. Today, he looks different. The senior man wears a white-washed Mandela . . . → Read More: Mandela’s Birthday: Where have the leaders gone?

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

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