'Why I showed my bum to the police'

By Drum Digital
20 June 2014

In the heat of the moment, Hlengiwe Dlamini (32) pulled down her pants and squatted in a busy Chris Hani Road in Soweto.

There had been protests before. People taking to the streets to complain about crumbling walls, no electricity, the failing bucket system, and more. But this time, in the heat of the moment, Hlengiwe Dlamini (32) pulled down her pants and squatted in a busy Chris Hani Road in Soweto. Beside her, her neighbour Nomathemba Hlongwane did the same.

“I dropped my pants because I wanted people to see that I no longer had a toilet and I was going to start using the road as a toilet,” Nomathemba (45) says.

People saw just that. In what could easily have been just another service delivery protest, this one made headlines after the women pulled down their pants amid the crowd chanting and dancing to struggle songs. “We have had protests before, but we never received as much attention,” Hlengiwe says.

Read more in DRUM – 26 June, 2014 issue.

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