Kurt Schoonraad

words by Kurt Schoonraad

The first time I was aware of it was about 10 years ago. On my first visit to the U.K. I was in a pub somewhere in London and was watching the news with a few South African friends. At first it was the simple recognition… “oh look guys, its home!” Then a second or 2 later, images, of what would be standard backdrop for “Ross Kemp on Gangs” popped up on screen. I was horrified. There on International Television were images of my hometown, my suburb but places I have never seen before. Pictures of hardship and poverty I didn’t know existed. How does the media do it? Seeing that confused me, in fact it shocked me.

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