Don’t judge me

2016-03-23 06:00

I AM a proud Edendale citizen­ and just like you I am also human.

Just because I come from the streets doesn’t mean I am what you say I am - a thug, criminal or a drug addict

Just because you’ve got badges on your uniform doesn’t mean you’ve suddenly became an expert on how a perfect human should look.

And wearing a tie to work is no different to wearing dirty Converse takkies on the streets.

Wearing a suit, a badge and a tie doesn’t mean you are legit - it means you’re working for people.

What gives you the right to look at me as a criminal and search me for drugs and weapons every time we meet.

My dirty Converse takkies are dirty because I did some fencing for our my disabled neighbour.

They are dirty because I got a job as a general contractor.

They are dirty because, unlike you, I can’t afford a second pair of shoes, so what will I wear while they’re on the laundry line.

They are dirty because I proudly live on the dusty streets of Edendale.

Mandla mosia Edendale

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