The Homeless targeted - for what they don’t have.
Imagine being homeless and jobless with your family in a country which guarantees you, through its Constitution, the right to dignity, food, shelter, security, education etc and you can’t get access to any of these inalienable right. Your continued poverty is a nuisance to the affluence of the bureaucracy who is supposed to provide you with services to mitigate your poverty. You can’t afford education. You can’t afford housing. You can’t afford food to feed your family. You are on Council housing lists for decades. You migrated to the Western Cape and you can’t access any services.
And then imagine that same government punishes you for not being able to access those inalienable rights.
A judge in the Cape Town High Court on Tuesday displayed utter arrogance and such a blatant lack of empathy with a complete disregard for the poor that it raises concerns about how our judicial system is still frought with systemic racism.
Irrespective of the merits of the case, his attitude continues to uphold and is in fact a manifestation of the Systemic & Structural Racism which we need to eradicate.
In his spate of remarks, Judge Leslie Weinkove shows that he clearly has no clue or simply chooses to ignore the impact which Systemic & Structural Racism has on the majority of South Africa's population especially the poor who are being displaced in the case he is presiding over.
The Philippi Horticultural Area not only produces up to 50% of all the fresh produce consumed in the greater part of Cape Town but also serves as the primary recharge zone of the Cape Flats Aquifer.
There is a continuing struggle between balancing the need for decent affordable housing and the need for food security.
However more creative ways to supply the housing demand needs to be found and it cannot be at the expense of Food Security.
If most of the striking students were pampered pooches striking for increased privileges or the guarantee of existing privileges it would be another story altogether – but that’s not the case, is it?
What we have here are institutions that were created for a privileged and wealthy minority (indicated by the ridiculously expensive tuition and deposit fees) designed to consign generation after generation of our youth (particularly those from disadvantaged groups) to lives of servitude.
I never found my piece of perfect suburbia but I found a row of old houses and a working class Afrikaaner community that had lived there from before the World Wars, many had escaped the brutality and inhumanity of Europe’s violence to seek out a better life in sunny South Africa. I bought one of those old houses via a bank loan, other than shoddy workmanship on the roof overlaps, the house is massive compared to the tiny houses with low ceilings that I was accustomed to in the townships.
What's your walk to school like when, everyday, you have to cross one of the poorest parts of South Africa to get to class? Kelina then 11, now aged 15, is getting an education in a township in Cape Town, riddled with guns, drugs and violence. How does she see the world on her daily trip to school.
Why Poverty? is a ground breaking, cross-media event, online and on TV, using films to get people talking about poverty, wealth and inequality.
In this 2012 short film produced by Ma'engere Film Productions & Steps International with Nadine Cloete directing and Steve Markovitz producing, Kelina shows us the world through her eyes.