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THERE are many thousands of gainfully employed men and women, together with their children, living in the most appallingly squalid conditions in shacks in urban ghettoes around the country.

Even where, in some areas, government assistance is available in terms of RDP housing, they do not qualify because they earn too much, but they also earn too little to qualify for a bond or to buy a decent home.

These are people referred to as the “missing middle”, many of them trade union members. They are the victims of the poisonous legacy of apartheid’s group areas; a legacy that has been largely perpetuated by successive national, provincial and local governments who never seem short of promoting rainbow nation platitudes.

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