It hasn’t become an epidemic yet, but it has spread. Xenophobic looting left Soweto to other parts of Gauteng and even the country over the weekend. GREG NICOLSON amp BHEKI C. SIMELANE visit Zamimpilo, where two people were killed and one family hopes to build on what’s lost.
“There’s too much gangsters, too much crime around here,” says Selwyn Peters. He’s standing on a road with ruts of mud, washing water, and shit. Barbed wire wraps around the Zamimpilo informal settlement alongside sentries of concrete toilet blocks, maybe a hundred. With their wooden-plank doors, they don’t work. The 35-year-old Peters points to a dozen plastic cubicles they work. A man passes each, walking across a swamp soaking in shards of plaster and insulation, opening and closing each door, before clutching a piece of torn newspaper from the ground and entering a toilet.
“It’s how we live: in the fast lane, like America. Living life to become something. You have to do something.” Peters shakes the coins he got today from collecting scrap metal. A bakkie bumps past, jamming Peter’s Tosh’s ‘Equal Rights’: “Everyone is crying out for peace. None is crying out for justice.”
“Stay dirty. Wash at night,” says…
Source : Daily Maverick