Trying to be good in ikasi

2008-05-16 00:00

WHETHER they are seen as “mommy’s babies” or “skollies”, township youth show a strong sense of right and wrong, and most consider themselves to be “good”, even if their actions don’t always reflect such ideals.

In the course of her research, Swartz met a young man who said he first had sex at the age of six, explaining it with the comment: “That’s the life in ikasi”. Another told her that he was “changing jobs”, moving from housebreaking to car hijacking since the money was better.

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