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. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

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