“I used to be a xholi (thief) but I later left the gang when I realised that it was useless; we used to walk in groups of more than seven: harassing and stealing from people but during my time it was better because we didn’t kill people but now it is dangerous because the xholis kill people; the people also kill them. The present day xholis carry guns and think that they are super human; invincible so they go about robbing people their possessions. The root of the problem is where these people dwell in: hockeys (illegal cabins), this is where this barbarism is bred,” said Lucky (not real) who ironically is a security guard in an interview with konnectnews.com.
Indeed people: especially taking Cape Town as a case study are migrating from the rural Eastern Cape and have created illegal settlements either in their yards or formed their own community by just erecting these hockeys thereby breeding all forms of criminal activities that do not only endanger genuine working class people but also tourists who bring a lot of revenue into the coffers of the city. Precisely, South Africa is a country that has a first world status and needs individuals that invest in education; not only literal academics but cyber knowledge to enable them to cope up with the ever changing technological nation.
However, laziness and lack of value in education has put a great chasm between white, some educated black and non – educated black South Africans this has created different lifestyles with most people living in shacks because they are lazy; they want cheap life whereby they depend on cheap accomodation schemes offered by the government and even grants especially given to single mothers.
“The government needs to use force to remove these illegal settlements once they have resettled the people because every criminal activity spanning from robbery to drugs is bred in hockey settlements,” explained Lucky. Forsure, most ghettos especially Khayelitsha are dangerous because of the shacks that sorrond the area, some criminals who harbour themselves in these areas; are considered dangerous most probably because they drive and are armed. It all begins with the desire to live for free without paying anything and as a result it becomes uncondusive then they take every opportunity to loot shops wherever they find vulnerable as examplified by the looting of shops that happened in Cape Town train station sometime in June when trains had been grounded: it is these uncivilised xholis that lead people to steal and damage property.
Even, though an outline of breeding criminal activities has been highly linked to illegal settlements dotted around South Africa; with Cape Town as konnectnews’ case study there are solutions that the government can implement to weed out this misdemeanant mulfuctioning in its societies by putting up workshops and training people to value the importance of education; teaching them economic empowerment initiatives that enable citizens to survive in a dynamic economy. Moreover, the disarmament of xholis should be the South African police and army’s priority and to rehabilitate them into institutions where the criminals are helped so that they change their way of thinking.
Evenmore, to finance the higher education ministry to enable less privileged citizens to get education for free thereby occupying the youth and remove their attention from the streets and diverting it to study. It may also be vital to stop giving out grants but rather create more employment opportunities so that citizens especially women do not go about opting out of marriage in pursuit to goverment grants that facilitates these issues.
However, it might not be an overnight thing to overturn the mentality of a people who have become a stronghold but it would need great attention and massive investments by the government to empower its people and making South Africa and safe environment for all peoples.