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.



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.


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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19 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

    • Alida March 21, 2019 at 9:01 pm

      O please! Your sarcasm is not welcome.

  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

    • PHP March 15, 2019 at 1:57 pm

      I think you’re missing the point, there is constant coverage of the poor black population. The point is that this group are ignored, or the sentiment that they deserve it shared. The real point is that after 25 years, not only has the number of poor blacks not decreased but the number of poor whites has increased. So no one has been served well by ANC policies.

    • Alida March 21, 2019 at 9:00 pm

      It’s far from funny! Do you live in South Africa? You have no idea what you are talking about.

  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

  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.

  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.

    • Alida March 21, 2019 at 9:03 pm

      You are sick! You have no right! BTW.. why hide behind a false name. Typical!

  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!

  7. Ina March 18, 2019 at 2:33 pm

    Dear Rocky Mango,
    There is still a chance for any person from the black squatter camp to find a job. That’s the big difference. I employ a lady from an informal settlement. She has electricity, TV (with dish) and is always neat and clean. These whites from Munsieville have no chance for jobs or improvement. But you don’t care about that anyway.

  8. Janine March 19, 2019 at 10:08 pm

    How can we help we have so much to give . Who can we deliver clothes to ? Where can we deliver .?

    • Karin Smith March 22, 2019 at 7:44 pm

      I suggest you contact Leigh of South African Family Relief Project – she will direct you, if you are in South Africa – if you are not, you cannot get clothes etc to them.


  9. Laine Chapman March 19, 2019 at 10:55 pm

    I wish the Australian government would bring these people to Australia!..I’m sure they would work and support themselves!..Bet there would not be a terrorist among them!.

  10. Amiena March 20, 2019 at 9:41 am

    Okay….. is it all about black and white skins???? Why not see it as a problem in our Country!!! Homelessness in a hole!!! Creating employment. What does color have to do with our rainbow nation!!!???? We all see the problem. We all have visions of becoming a better country. Let it start by making a small change…… leve out the color of skin.

  11. Shandri March 20, 2019 at 7:11 pm

    Hi where is this squatter camp located in Johannesburg?

  12. Bird's Eye March 21, 2019 at 8:28 am

    Such unbelievable propaganda! These people are living better than the majority of people of colour. The people who were interviewed are liars. Spewing hate. Lazy bastards! The South African economy is still controlled by whites. It should be easy enough for those few stragglers to find a white person to give or organise them some kind of employment. But most of them are lazy and looking for the easy life they used to have in this country before it was liberated. Look at their lovely clean environment. Already someone has organised an exclusive little white village for them.. perpetuating racism and segregation! Look at their lovely wooden shacks, unlike what you see in the MIXED townships (with the majority being coloured & black which INCLUDES white people) though the whites are generally the minority as is the case in this country so few are destitute! I can speak because I have lived here all my life and work in the townships. So believe me when I say that this article is biaised and complete propaganda. What they say is not really happening on the ground.

    • Alida March 21, 2019 at 9:02 pm

      Do you live in South Africa. You don’t have any idea do you?!


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