*The Resident Bane* | #apetownshenanigans
… a story set in Bela, a gun violent, gang prone & drug terrorized township in Cape Town that I visited on Wednesday, September 17th’ 2014. This little adventure led me straight into a drug den where I encountered Cape Town’ s “tik” time bomb first hand. & Without Judgement, I observed…. I went in, nervous about what to expect. I had a hundred rand in my sock just in case I got into a bit of a scuffle (so I could somehow get home after the fact) and the words of my friend, “The Resident Bane” who accompanied me: “Never show fear… They will kill you for a cigarette (to score a ciggie)” kept ringing in my head the entire time.
I was in the area, not to uncover the tragic unravelings of a poverty, drug& violence ridden society but to toy with ideas of symbolism; To encounter a community of human beings, share a moment of their time and collaborate with them to create a story that resonates with their triumphs& their plight. (c) Aubrey Ndiweni