Johannesburg – Maggy Mokhina stands within the heat winter daylight exterior her shack. A trench crammed with fetid wastewater, infested with rubbish, runs previous her slippered toes, reducing throughout Kliptown in Soweto.
As area people chief Sandile Mqhayi approaches, the 61-year-old pastor covers her face with a makeshift masks – a skinny scarf.
“The scenario that we live in right here in Kliptown, it might make you overlook concerning the masks and so forth since you are already lifeless,” says Mqhayi bitterly, gesturing to the awful, barren dwelling situations of the historic casual settlement, the birthplace of the Freedom Constitution.
“There’s nothing transferring in our group. Have a look at how this previous girl lives,” he says, pointing to Mokhina, “in a shack proper subsequent to her daughter’s shack. If that virus (Covid-19) comes into this yard, it could possibly kill all people.
All of us reside like this, right here in Kliptown, on high of one another. What occurs to your neighbour occurs to you.”
Mokhina tells how she feels a way of rising despair. “We attempt to shield all people, however you possibly can’t wash your palms often and keep in a clear place right here. It’s not possible.”
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