For South Africans, especially those from a privileged background, it’s very easy to become “numb” for large periods to the poverty in the country. While some only see it day in and day out, others live it and have been living it their entire lives. In Cape Town, the legacy of apartheid still lives on, strongly.
International media organisation AJ+ have recently uploaded a new episode of their online video series, “Direct From with Dena Takuri”.
In the episode, Takuri takes a look at the legacy of apartheid in Cape Town and how the City still remains divided according to race.
“AJ+’s Dena Takruri explains how, more than two decades after the end of apartheid in South Africa, Cape Town remains racially segregated, with many black residents living in substandard townships.”
Aside from a short catch-up on just how the system of apartheid worked to separate and exclude in the city, the video looks at how and why Cape Town still has one of the highest inequality scores in the world.
The report also takes a close look at the Democratic Alliance (DA) and its role in terms of helping end the inequality in Cape Town.
“It’s hard to deny the discrimination and structural segregation that still exists, even if it’s more subtle than it was under apartheid.”
One of the most interesting takes, though? The look at how the Cape water crisis is giving different Capetonians a look at a life that many have been living for years.
The inequality is no secret to South Africans, even if many chose to ignore it. The real question every South African should be asking themselves is, what can I do to help bridge the gap.
Our country doesn’t need snakes, just ladders.
You can check out the full video from AJ+ below.