July 18, 2007 at 12:58 pm (Cape Flats, fury)

What can be sadder than hearing an 11-year-old girl who was allegedly raped gave birth last week?
She lives in Valhalla Park, a poverty-stricken area on the Cape Flats. Her home, a rundown box of a place right next to the man who allegedly raped her, is barely fit for living in.
The walls are peeling, it reeks of all kinds of unhealthy things and the people there all have a vacant, desperate look in their eyes. It’s all kinds of heartbreaking.
The stench filled my nostrils and I had to restrain myself from staring at the people there. People I recognised. My people.
I know of this kind of horror because I’ve seen it so many times in my past. And I know this kind of thing won’t change any time soon.
I walked out there, a little shaken, very disturbed and unbelievable pissed off. Because this is probably not the first time something like this has happened. And I would bet my life on it that it won’t be the last.
The forgotten children of the Flats will never leave me no matter how far I move away. When I see things like this I realise just how lucky I am.
It just makes me realise going on about a six percent raise is shallow and ridiculous considering that salary increase alone is more than these people see in months.
I wish I could really convey how dire that girl’s situation is. But all I can do is hope you’re going to click out of this post and count your many, many blessings.
Because if you can afford to read this post, it means your life is already a thousand times better than hers.



  1. madamm said,

    Toby, thank you for this post.
    It made me think.

  2. Toby Hanks said,

    Great MrsM. I always want people to think. It really made me think too…

  3. kash99 said,

    This is exactly why I felt so good after interviewing that model..i know i protested about it but it actually made me feel better..i realised that I cannot do these kinds of stories every week and that i need to do somethin fun every once in a while..I love doing crime stories, but shit it depresses me..

  4. Toby Hanks said,

    Balance is definitely a good thing Kash 99. Life can be very depressing sometimes!

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