Redi Tlhabi: What was that thing?

On the 19th January 2015 attacks on Foreign Shop Owners began in Snake Park, when a 14 year old was shot and killed allegedly by a foreign shop owner, after a group of youngsters tried to rob the shop.

The response to this sparked outrage and residents resorted to the looting of foreign shops.

This violence has spiraled out of control and foreigners have been escorted out of Soweto.

At the start of her show, Redi reminisced about her days in Soweto and reflected that the Soweto she sees today, the behavior of the residents in Soweto; adults and children, is far from the close-knit community in which she grew up.

She gave a personal account of her childhood before asking her listeners for their memories of the Soweto of yesteryear.

What is that thing that stopped people from committing such brutality... What was it?

What was that thing that made teachers stop you and ask you why you are not at school?

What was that thing that made us straighten up and behave when we saw priests, and teachers, and police officers?

Listen to Redi's #OpenLine opening comment here:


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