“AWATCHDOG snapping at the heels of errant companies,” that’s how the first sentence of the citation of the 2013 Diakonia Human Rights Award given to Desmond D’Sa describes him. “Being born in Cato Manor influenced my life. We lived in tin houses but we mixed with everyone. I learnt to speak Zulu at an early age. I grew up liking Zulu food — pap and herbs. We swam in the river. If there was a celebration at the mosque, we chowed at the mosque; we would go to the Hindu fire-walking — there was always something happening.