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James Clark

Soweto may not be the crime-ridden ghetto that a lot of people who haven't actually been there seem to think it is, but it still isn't exactly prime real estate. Soweto has almost become a tourist attraction in some respects... the various museums and the buses going around showing rich white people how poor black people live. One doesn't always see the real picture through a camera lens and a bus window.

There's always going to be something that draws me away from a place where people were once forced to live in poverty and fear for so long. No one ever wanted to go to Soweto in the first place; they were forced to. Now people wonder why some are trying to get out.

Maybe in a few decades time Soweto will have become a real part of Johannesburg. Like so many things in South Africa, it bears wounds that will take a long time to heal completely.

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