The fatuous condition of democracy – An eye-opening photo series by Tshepiso Mabula

In an effort to bring more attention to the the lack of service delivery and decent sanitation in rural areas, local photographer Tshepiso Mabula shot a photo essay in Bloemfontein that highlights the terrible conditions that South African citizens experience every day.

“The township, ghetto or ikasi is a vivid reminder of South Africa’s colonial history which was amplified by lack of service delivery and resources. In these parts corruption is plentiful and a place where government resources are far from the people who inhabit these spaces.”

During a recent trip to the Bloemfontein townships of Botshabelo, Bergman and Taba Nchu, Tshepiso encountered people who had succumbed to the desperation that comes with being black and working class. Botshabelo was once known as the second biggest township in the country and is one of the many townships struggling to attain sustainable service delivery and development.

“This essay is an account of the indecent living standards of people who lack the most basic things like decent sanitation and basic needs like housing and clean running water. Residents in these townships are still waiting for the government to eradicate bucket toilets.”


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