by Bobby Shabangu
There was absolutely nothing good about the apartheid system in South Africa at all.
I’m sitting here listening to a conversation between these old folks having apartheid nostalgia, praising the apartheid system for providing job opportunities to everyone. And literally arresting you if you are found to be not employed.
I’m sitting here thinking these old people are talking complete rubbish. Don’t they know that we, the younger generation read, and we have other old emancipated uncles who tell us detailed accounts of what was going on there.
I’m sitting here thinking, when are they going to mention that these jobs paid pittance! or that black people were not even allowed to study and do descent jobs like Engineering, Medicine, Aviation etc.
I’m sitting here thinking and anticipating if they will ever mention that before the National(ist) Party ( which I believe is known as DA these days, but that’s a topic for another day) gave you that degrading job, they had to humiliate you by stripping you naked. And as if you are a prisoner in your own country ( which you were), you had to squat and expose your genitalia to some fat white guy sitting behind a desk with a round face looking like an owl.
That owl would pull and fiddle with your penis, turn it around then look at you and say “it’s fine you are fit to work”. He probably used the same hand gloves to perform this sexual harassment on thousands of men desperate for menial jobs to support their families.
All this happened in corner Delvers and Albert str until the mid 80’s. That’s why I don’t use Delvers or Albert street anymore.
I’m sitting here thinking, all of a sudden these old people have amnesia, they have forgotten about what took place in the “Good old days of apartheid”.
God forbids, I didn’t live at that time, I would have been one of those killed and my body not found.