THE PLIGHT OF THE PEOPLE OF IMIZAMO YETHU IN HOUT BAY.
A cold day on the 4th of July (a significant day in American history), is a post-service delivery protest day in Imizamo Yethu in South Africa. As we inhale the fresh air near the Atlantic Ocean, (well as the rich inhales the fresh air), the residents of Imizamo Yethu are living in appalling conditions.
It is a cold, partly cloudy, Tuesday morning in Hout Bay, a tourist attraction in Cape Town, South Africa. As you drive along Victoria Road, the eye meets the opulence of the wealth. Unnecessarily huge mansions, with a glass balconies, silver spoon railing, inclined on the road. The scene behind these mansions is a beautiful, refreshing mountainous scenery, the epitome and pride of South Africa’s landscape.
Drive a little further, not even a kilometre further and you are in Imizamo Yethu. Now, the contrast is the biggest irony in Cape Town. The hills inclined to the shacks is worrisome. The mud, signifying the recent rainy, cold weather in Cape Town, is filled with papers, plastics, cans and much more unidentifiable waste material. There are patches of green grass in the mud. Rats covered in mud and undesirable skin are the size of cats are running around, hiding in their nests, coming out and feeding on the waste.
The citizens of Imizamo Yethu are going about their day casually after their service delivery day protest. The rubbish scattered alongside the road and the burnt white Astro, which is fiddled with by children with sticks and branches is significant of the capacity of this protest.
These living conditions are the microcosm of Cape Town class system. The rich are living next to these living conditions, and it has become normalised. This statement is confirmed when I see a shiny, red sports car, driving past us.
Now, everyday we see posts about service delivery and inequality in South Africa, yet in Cape Town we are a complimented as being the most beautiful city in South Africa. This is the side of Cape Town they do not show you. Until. Until it interferes with the living of the rich.
Intervention. Is. Needed.