Rooigrond – the forgotten village

2012-08-04 14:08

It is easy to miss Rooigrond, an impoverished village 10km outside the North West capital of Mahikeng. The Rooigrond prison on the side of the road is likely to catch your eye before this shack village.

It’s evident half the residents haven’t had a bath for some time. Some want the mayor to know: “Re a baba, re a nkga. Ga re a tlhapa (Our skins are itching, we stink. We have not taken a bath,” an elderly man told Miga. Rooigrond residents arrived in 1993 when they were fired by white farmers on the eve of the declaration of South Africa as a democratic state.

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