The people staying in South African townships are considered to be the poor of the
poorest more special in the black communities. Some of them actually sleep without
having something to eat at all. According to the 2015 stats estimates of the number of
hungry people in South Africa fluctuate around 14 million. The most recent
nationally representative data suggests the figure is much lower.”
While most people are the victim of hunger, one cannot believe that some of them
are working and earning good money but they make alcohol and drug abuse a
priority. You cannot believe when you go to the taverns/bars how much one
individual spend per day in buying alcohol just to impress friends and opposite sex
either man or woman. A loaf of bread costs as little as R10 and a bottle of beer is
R16 but one would sleep on an empty stomach while drunk from a case of beer. So
the question is, are black people poor or they are just poor in thinking?
A black young man can drive the latest golf seven while staying in a shack with an old
furniture, 2 per of jeans and one pair of shoes. One would actually feel sorry for such
a person even though he had means to have a decent life, feed his/her family, build
a house and buy a decent second hand vehicle if needed, but no material things
comes first. This all comes down to prioritizing.
The war against drugs and alcohol abuse is a never ending fight and it is getting worse in South African disadvantaged communities. The stats has proven that alcohol plays huge impact in murders and most criminal activities that are taking place in the townships. In 2011 the Congress of SA Trade Unions general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi said, “It is unemployment that drives so many to booze and other substance abuse,” he said in an address prepared for delivery at the 2nd Biennial Substance Abuse Summit in Durban”. He futhermore said if we cannot build an economy based on manufacturing industry so as to create millions suitable jobs, we will not be able to to resolve social problems like substance abuse.
The youth in the townships buy expensive alcohol such as Hennessy, Glenlivet and Platinum, which is ± R500 and right after that they become broke with no money to even go to work or provide for their families.
Few years back we were shocked to discover the “Izikhothane”, which loosely translates to ‘brag it’, is a South African subculture of youths who dress themselves in designer clothes that they can barely afford. They arrive in minivans at public spots and participate in elaborate dance-offs against rival gangs. During these performances, they indulge in burning wads of cash, destroying their clothes and spilling expensive food and alcohol on the streets. Why, you ask? To show off, obviously.
In black communities we have people who are dying with hunger but Izikhothane would spend thousand of Rands in clothes and expensive alcohol just to tear those clothes apart just to show case that money is not a problem. So again the question is are black people hungry because there is no money, jobs or they don’t know how to prioritize ?
Thus young man of the Izikhothane is washing his hand with a very expensive whiskey
Together we can overcome drugs and alcohol abuse.