Yesterday after attending an IBM Rational Software developers conference (more on this later), I went back to my office and did some work. I left the office around 6:30 and walked to my car which is parked in a building just across the street.
I normally cross at the robot crossing but on the one corner 3 young guys were standing and watching people. As I started crossing the street they started moving in my direction. I started moving up the street and so did they. I just thought that today is the day that I get mugged — had my laptop over my shoulder and cellphone in my hand. A colleague of mine was already mugged like this 3 times.
Luckily for me a car came up the road and I had to wait for the car. Another 2 people joined me in crossing the street and the 3 guys must have seen this and suddenly turned around and walked away.
I have just read what happened to Louisa’s brother in Jhb yesterday. I was not mugged yet but thinking about the fear and mistrust I experienced yesterday, I can fully understand your feelings. What is happening to this lovely country of hours when we cannot walk freely on our streets and we mistrust every second person?
I love this country and Cape Town in particular, so all you misfits, I will stay and not run like so many people before.