When will Gugs get its mojo ?

2017-02-09 06:01
 Enathi Mbanga,17, is native of Gugulethu.

Enathi Mbanga,17, is native of Gugulethu.

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Gugulethu is a historical ghetto, a ghetto filled with crime, poverty, illiteracy and above all, it suffers from chronic lack of humaneness.

This township has become a waste product. The people who live in Gugulethu have so much potential, yet it’s wasted on alcohol, drugs, crime and gangsterism. Most people would blame it on past institutionalised racism.

However, it is my honest belief that racism has become our biggest scapegoat, if only because we want to take the blame somewhere else or stack it on somebody else. Gugulethu is endowed with artists, writers, poets, dancers and entrepreneurs. Nju-as some of us call our township- has enough potential; sadly those individuals with potential tend to fade away like a curse. A curse; some can escape it, some embrace it and use it to inspire them to become something better in life. However, the majority of those with the potential to do something great allow the curse of crime, poverty, drugs and illiteracy to dictate how they should live their lives. Mediocrity has become another issue that plagues the residents of Gugs, most live in the decades old family homes: supposedly “as long as I have a roof over my head and I have food then I’m okay in life”.

This line of thinking has started to become a trend in our beloved township. Usually, in these family homes, there are about only two breadwinners.

Crime has so taken over the streets of Gugulethu for decades now, but in the past we used to know we could always count on the community to intervene.

The community has become so lethargic, nobody wants to fight crime as a community anymore. We are in a state where people are now being killed in their own homes. The same applies to the drug scourge; people know who sells drugs and who they sell it to, yet we don’t report it because we don’t feel like it is our problem. Gugulethu residence have this nasty habit of complaining about the problems they see but never do anything about it, and whenever there is something that is done about it, they are quick to praise those brave individuals, but never truly give them the support needed. I see Gugs as a wasteland, that has the potential to change, but only if we can actually come together like the generation that fought Apartheid.

It seems we are more divided now than during the time of Apartheid.

The divide among the people is so above ground that it there is no progress.


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