Lebo'S Soweto Backpackers
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Day 71-72 SOWETO We arrived late afternoon at the guesthouse were were staying at. Soweto stands for south western township and was where black South Africans were evicted to by authorities way back when. It came more well known during the apartheid and was the home of Nelson Mandela, Rev Desmond Tutu and more. It also has a bit of a bad rep for …
... residents as tourist attraction. Our fantastic guide, NK, alleviated our fears by reassuring us that the residents saw the tour as both a valuable source of income for the local community, and more importantly they felt it was important for visitors to spread the word that Soweto was actually a safe, hospitable place worth visiting.
First stop on the tour was a shebeen (a local pub – or more accurately, a diminutive tin shack filled with benches) to sample ...
... and high crime rates, but he thinks that violent crime has peaked and voters are becoming more savvy in terms of choosing candidates and are growing intolerant of graft and abuse of power. This is a young democracy, after all. It has taken some time to realize that there is only one Nelson Mandela, and now a politician is just a politician.
With that, I’m off to the airport. Thanks for reading.
Rod (& Michelle, in ...