They were walking along in silence.  Johnny suddenly turns to Salie, “Bra, did you hear about the smackdown that happens there by the smokkie down the road the other day?” Salie starts laughing, “Jy, not smackdown, man…crackdown.  You watch too much TV.  Ja, I heard.  It’s a good thing.  Time to clean up our community.  These druglords and smokkie bosses are taking over.  I’m dik of this.  All they’re doing is bring undesirables to our community.   We must stop complaining and start doing.  They mos mustn’t rule us.  The laaities can’t evens play in the street like we used to when we were children.  It’s sad, man.”

They carry on walking home in silence.   Johnny then turns to Salie as they reach home, “It was mos a smackdown.  Imagine, the police storm the smokkie saying jy this is a smackdown!”  Salie burst out laughing, “Johnny…nee man!  That is a stick-up.  Smackdown is vannie wrestling and they are cracking down on crime.  Kom reg.  Imagine…Smackdown.  But think about what I said.  We need to find ways to fix our community.  Moving won’t help because every neighbourhood has their own issues.  We must think of a plan to change people’s hearts and minds.  We need to win our community back.  It’s time for a change.”

This week’s tandem title is “Smackdown!” I am a Capetonian.  This is a conversation I hear many-a-time.  It is a reality not just for Cape Town…but globally.  It takes one person to make a difference.  Nothing is impossible.  It’s time for a change.  The change starts with us. 

Please have a look at what Celeste had to say.  Chevone joins us again next week.

 

Thanks for reading and God bless!

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  1. For reals, this was a conversation happening in my head. I might not be living “in the hood” but every time I go to church I see a community that was once one of affluence. Drugs have taken over and parents have become meek to their children. It really hurts to see the kids who, to this day, still call me Leader Shelley walk around looking half-drugged. I sometimes wonder what kind of impact we have on their lives…But hope remains, right? It’s a case of “I went to the enemy’s camp”.

    1. You’ve just given me some food for thought re the impact we’ve had on their lives. I’ve never really considered it that way… I should hope that we have sowed some positive seeds. Hope will always remain.

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