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'If we don't address inequalities, there'll be nothing left to eat but the rich'

On Tuesday, Cape Town's Mount Nelson Hotel hit the headlines after a brazen armed robbery at the landmark tourist and luxury destination.

This incident prompted CapeTalk's Refilwe Moloto to take a hard look at what she says is the Mother City's social contract, focused on the spatial divide which reflects the social divide between privileged and under-privileged communities.

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She talks about the wealthy counting the luxury of relative safety in their environments, compared to the ganglands of the Cape Flats where families go to sleep at night to the soundtrack of bullets.

The wealthy have an inordinate arrogance - and among the wealthy I count myself - around our safety and our freedom of movement and our ability to feel comfortable.

Refilwe Moloto, CapeTalk host

If we don't address our inequalities, these invisible boundaries which have not been shot down since apartheid, there will be nothing left to eat but the rich.

Refilwe Moloto, CapeTalk host

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Moloto asks whether Tuesday's Mount Nelson attack could be a sign that the social contract with respect to crime, has now been breached.

There's almost an understanding that we won't bother you in your privileged space... and this was the most shocking of all: just a flashlight and a baton to protect one of the most expensive pieces of property in the city.

Refilwe Moloto, CapeTalk host

Yesterday, those 15 robbers said 'No, I'll switch the clock and I'll tell you where the boundaries are'.

Refilwe Moloto, CapeTalk host

I'm not trying to be a scaremonger, I'm just saying in every single uprising, in every single breach of social fabric, economics was at the heart of it and inequality is a very big deal.

Refilwe Moloto, CapeTalk host

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