Each day thousands of forced migrants flood into Johannesburg in search of a better life. Many have risked their lives to cross South Africa’s borders, and in their desperation resort to the only accommodation they can afford: the slum buildings of the inner city of Johannesburg.
The slum buildings are vertical squatter camps – far more dangerous, far more over crowded, where the fight for survival is brutal and unrelenting. Many of the buildings are hijacked, some are run by slum lords who demand rent from tenants, despite there being no water or electricity in the buildings.
“It is incomprehensible that you can be so immersed in the profundity of what is happening to human beings in this inner city. And the rest of the country is completely oblivious.”
Bishop Paul Verryn