400,000 White South Africans Are So Poor They Live in ‘White Squatter Camps’ in Johannesburg

whiteThese white South African families are so poor they are forced to live in slums similar to the worst days of Apartheid.

At this ‘white squatter camp’, hundreds of families have no power, barely any food or water and must live in poor shelter.

Townships like this, which can be found all across the country, are a direct result of white poverty following Apartheid which came to an end 22 years ago.

Under the old white supremacist regime, which ended in 1994, the Afrikaners were almost guaranteed employment and housing.

But now, many Afrikaners live in increasingly concerning conditions because of the dire economic circumstances in the post-Apartheid era.

southThroughout South Africa, there is a lack of opportunity for Afrikaners, which has meant many have found themselves homeless and poor.

The exact number is disputed by many, but it is believed up to 400,000 Afrikaners now live in white squatter camps throughout the country.

Even more, almost 450,000, live in poverty and are forced to survive on less than £28.99 a month.

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These pictures, which feature in culture magazine ‘Union Magazine’, show the deprived white squatter camp Munsieville, near Johannesburg in South Africa.

The township, one of 80 across South Africa, is built on the site of an old refuse dump and is home to around three hundred Afrikaners – of which a quarter are children.

At the site, which is illegal, there is no electricity, no running water apart from a couple of standpipes, no secure structures and food is hard to come by.

whResidents at Munsieville are able to evade the law by building flimsy shelters with no foundations, as the government intervenes when permanent structures are built.

Homes range from wooden sheds to metal shacks built from boards of iron structures typically have bare earth floors and frequent flooding washes away the topsoil and leaves decades-old waste exposed.

Because residents do not have electricity or water bills, it makes it impossible to claim for welfare from the authorities.

Hospitals turn down residents in need of care from the camp and they often get rejected by potential employers at job interviews.

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white campsHenrik, 49, says his ‘life is over’ now that he lives at the camp. He said: ‘My life is over, I’m 49 years old and I’m too old to get a job. I apply and as soon as they see my age, they say “sorry, you are too old”.

‘I do what I can to survive, collecting scrap metal or selling second clothes. But it is barely enough.

‘Most kids here are happy. Some of them know the situation they are in. I don’t want to talk big about my kids but if I tell them there isn’t any money they accept it.

‘But it is hard, I just want the best for them.’

Leigh Du Preez, who works for the South African Family Relief Project (SAFRP) charity, said those at the camp have little chance of finding a job.

Leigh said: ‘As soon as they read your application and see you are from a white squatter camp, they turn you down.
‘It’s very difficult to get a job if employers know you live in one.’

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6 Responses to 400,000 White South Africans Are So Poor They Live in ‘White Squatter Camps’ in Johannesburg

  1. Peter March 9, 2016 at 7:45 am

    South Africa is one of those places where everything is fair ..white people hustle and black people do the same

    Reply
  2. Rocky Mango March 9, 2016 at 7:50 am

    I really think it’s funny because there might be 400000 white poor people but no one is talking about the 10 000 000 poor black people living in black camps too….it’s a white man’s world for sure

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  3. jeff R March 9, 2016 at 7:57 am

    These kids look happy they make me want to stay in that place
    Kids of these days are always on their phones and will never be that happy

    Reply
  4. Lehlohonolo Langa June 14, 2018 at 4:25 pm

    Is it 400 000 or 42 000, the other related article is inconsistent with this one.

    Reply
  5. Smash June 15, 2018 at 10:14 pm

    Professional models, taking photos for a movie. Let us do a real “reality show and see the truth.

    Reply
  6. Jou poes November 7, 2018 at 12:28 pm

    Ja to hell with the white people neh, just remember who the real dummies are!

    Reply

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