It seems when one gets older you try to make sure your little place in the sun stays safe. It does makes sense to me, because as you get older, you get weaker and one do not want to be caught unawares with a thief on your stoep.
I live in a beautiful house that my partner build and paid off after 6 years. He is like that, an overachiever. We have enough. We do not have a mansion, we have enough of everything, and dogs and cats and furniture with dog hair on. The neighbourhood we live in is around 15 years old and there are no such thing as, ‘this was a previously white area or a previously black area’. This was previously a few sand dunes and Port Jackson and Milkwood tree bush. Any type of person live here. In my street of 30 houses, there are black, white, Indian, Muslim, Jehovah witnesses, Christians, agnostics, Jews, old, young and newly weds. It is fantastic, everybody greet and say hallo as we all are on our neighbourhood watch whatsapp group. This is something we have to have. There is a lot of crime in our area. In the past month there was a robbery at number 2, 4, 44 and 2 incidents where guys wanted to jump over the wall to get to the property. On Wednesday afternoon a girl was stabbed dead for her cellphone. she was walking home coming from work. Thursday night a man and his wife were sitting on their veranda smoking when a few guys jumped over their wall shot at the wife, missed, put the gun to her husband’s neck, fired and braised him. They ran away after these people screamed and the neighbours became aware of the situation. All of this happened in a month in a radius of less than a km around my house. Almost every person in South Africa do have a dog or 2 in their yard. It is to deter thieves and murderers. Yes, murderers, because they do kill, they kill for just your cellphone and if you do not have anything to give then also.
At the moment that are big in the news are the removal of the statues in South Africa that remind the black people of colonization. My question is: Once all the statues are crushed or removed, what then? Will all the architecture of the time before 1994 also be demolished? If all sand and stone that remind the black people of this country of colonization have been removed, what will be next? All the white faces perhaps?