After reading my book South Africa is a place I wouldn't want to visit. I wouldn't want to because the gang violence, the poor people, and the killing of innocent people. It used to be a peaceful place until gang violence took over.
This is when Tsotsi was starting to change in the book. He's holding the baby and thinking about his past when he used to be a good boy. If I seen this picture before I read the book I wouldn't think he was was a thug or in a gang.
Kidnapping was becoming a big thing to hit South Africa. The gangsters wanted to put fear into the businessmen hearts. According to the South African Police Service the kidnap gangs are almost exclusively Nigerian. This was getting out of hand really quick. Rich people were the targets. The gangsters figured that they would get more money that way. Kidnappers prefer softer targets in low security environments, meaning that they would watch a kid go and leave school or at a late entertainment place when everyone is to drunk to know what is going on. South Africa has a decent amount of rich people and you would know who's rich and who's poor. Counter-surveillance was the main key against kidnapping. Contractors would set up the operation and you would be protected from the kidnappers. It doesn't work 100 percent of the time, but it works about 70 percent of the time. "Your best defense against kidnapping is to be aware," advises Griffiths as said from the article. He means that you should always be watching your back and don't really trust strangers when they approach you late at night. Never let your guard down and if you stay out at night don't stay by yourself. Make sure that you have a group of friends with you just in case you run into a kidnappers. Kidnappers would dress like gangsters, so if you see one make sure you turn and run.
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Chaun Rickette's insight:
Tsotsi is part of this serious gang in South Africa. His name means nothing more than a thug. He would rob and steal from anybody that he came across. He was the angry black leader by the way. His life changed when one day he stole a baby. At the time he didn't know why he did it, but he felt that it needed to be done. Tsotsi started to change and he didn't know why. Then he noticed that he started to care for the baby. He didn't know why, but he would do anything for this baby. Tsotsi stated to remember his childhood and how peaceful his life used to be until he got caught up into gang violence. He was hanging out with the wrong people. One thing led to another and before he knew it he was robbing and stealing from stores and people. He started to stay away from his gang members and tried to change his life around. Die Aap (gang member) was asking him where you been at and why aren't you around anymore. Tsotsi made something up. So the gang members started to become angry with Tsotsi because they felt that he was family and one day he just abandoned them. Tsotsi hid the baby by this building that was going to be torn down. He didn't know that it was going to be torn down. Then he saw the construction workers starting to tear it down and then he yelled stop stop! People also yelled stop because Tsotsi was yelling stop. He didn't make it in time. The walls crushed the baby. He couldn't believe it. He stated to go to church more, but people still seen him as a thug. There was one kid who didn't. Tsotsi would try to talk with him, but the owner of the church wouldn't want him around. She felt that he was a bad kid. Tsotsi tried to change his ways, but it was hard for him.
1998. An analysis of South Africa's new, democratic regime.
Chaun Rickette's insight:
The South Africa people were treated bad by the white people and they were very poor. They had no rights in South Africa. There was no justice and people got away with murder. White South Africans were never blamed for the killings of black South Africans. There are thousands of cases that have not been solved yet and its been 4 years. Up to 15 families live in one slum. Its hard to find food and good living areas. The white people are rich and don't have to worry about food problems. The Black South Africans feels that they have been raped by the white society because they screwed up their culture. More than half the black society only make 1200 pounds a week. The white people are making 10x that. The white people would wear clothes that would embarrass the black Africans culture. The whites felt that they were wearing what was appropriate attire. The black's were mining for gold for the white people. People were dying everyday in the mines, but the white people just wanted their money. There was tons of accidents in the mines everyday. The gold played a huge role in South Africa. The miners were just like the Jews. It was just like working in a concentration camp. South African police murdered 69 innocent people because they felt that weren't listening to them. A lot of jobs disappeared for the black South Africans. They couldn't make money because the white people wasn't paying anymore.
This picture shows when Tsotsi and his gang was about to go out and look for some trouble. They were going to rob the first rich person that they saw. This is why people called Tsotsi a thug because of the people that he hung around. I would call Tsotsi the same thing.
This photo relates to Tsotsi because this is a scene in the movie when he was about to go to war. He used the trash can as a cover to protect his self. I was shocked to see this because he's young and he's about to fight against other gang's
In the article racism is still a big problem in South Africa. Both judges are accusing each other of harsh racist rulings. One is white and one is black. The black judge felt that the white judge was giving harsh sentencing to blacks and not whites. So he did the same to white people. In South Africa the government was trying to make medicines cheap for the black people. The white people didn't like that at all. They felt that they should get it cheaper because they had the money to buy it. So it didn't go through for the black people. A lot of them died because they couldn't afford the medicine. The white people didn't mind at all. There were a lot of crimes going on in South Africa. The white police officers were just out to get the black people because they felt like they were the main cause of all the crime activity that was going on. "Organizations such as the Black People's Convention and the Sociality Party of South Africa then called for an immediate transformation of the judicial system". This means that they had a secret organization that the white people didn't like. So they got the authorities involved. The white authorities started to arrest innocent black people and accused them of being in the secret organization. John Hlophe was accused of being in the secret organization. When he was proven innocent nothing happened to the police officers.
South Africa faces a lot of gang violence. The gang infected areas used to be normal neighborhoods until gangs took control. Researchers found that a lot of the kids in South Africa are brought into gang violence. There are more men in gangs than women. The unemployment is the real reason why gangs are started. Its hard for normal people to make money because the country has become poor. So they started selling drugs and one thing led to another and now you have a gang. Police couldn't do anything about it. They tried to flush the gangs out, but more and more are started. SB (gang member) used to be a normal hard working man. Then he got brought into gang violence. He felt that his mom neglected him and didn't help him make good choices. After he officially joined the gang he quit his daytime job because one of the members had goods and could access money quick. The gangs did a lot of robbing, killing, shooting, and stealing. They couldn't be stopped at this point. a lot of the homes there are abandoned now because the gangs drove the families out of town. Fly (gang member) said his life was unstable and very very poor. He hated his life. He felt he needed a way to find money quick. He couldn't find a job so he decided to join a gang. His mom tried to guide him, but it was hard for her. Fly was now caught up with the wrong people and there was no going back. Nate (gang member) was also like Fly. He was a person who was going no where and fast. He was always a trouble maker when he was young. He grew up into the gang world. His mom and dad tried to guide him in the right direction. They were hard working people and Nate was the complete opposite. He said "I always wanted to be in the gang and I always wanted fast money. Look where I'm at now". When people seen Nate in the street they looked the other way. He brought fear in his town that he once lived in. His own family was now scared of him.
The Sabela is something which is unique to the numbers gang in South Africa. The Sabela consists of the words, symbols and colors that differentiate one from another. This section of the website will...
Chaun Rickette's insight:
The Sebela is very unique to the Numbers gang. When a new recruit is to be initiated the gang will inform the new recruit on gang tradition and policies. The would have to go through a lot of initiations. The policies played an important role. There was different kinds of gangs. There were the 26's, 27's, and the 28's. All of them had different kinds of salutes. The tattoos also indicated what gang you were in. It all started between 1880 and 1890. So this gang has been around for over 100 years. The gangs are still around today in South Africa. Once you joined the gang there was no getting out of it. If you wanted to get out or if you tried to run away from the gang you would be killed. If they found you they would torture you. The gangs were also in Pollsmoor Prison. Pollsmoor prison is located in Cape Town South Africa. It's one of the worse prison's to go to. The guards can't stop the gangs from forming in there. It's hard for the guard's to break up the fights that happens in there. The gangs did a lot of robberies. That was their main source of income for them. They would rob anything. They would even rob an ice cream truck if they felt like doing it. People stayed away from them at all times. The police even feared them. This is why the gangs got away with anything they wanted to do. If you wanted to take them down you would have to bring in a SWAT team because they weren't going out without a fight.
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