Hands up, all those who watched "Louis Theroux: law and disorder in Johannesburg on BBC K last night".As you guys know I live in jo'burg town,in Newtown to be more appropriate, hillbrow is about 20 minutes walk from where i live. watching the doccie you'd think the entire town is run down.But it aint.Hillbrow is bad but every major city has its 'bad areas',London has its brixton ,New York has it's Baltimoore and Projects , Joburg has it's Hilbrows and "tough townships". Although it seemed Louis Theroux angle was just to uncover how bad the crime situation is in jozi and how the security guards /companies are complicit in making matters worse.And man did he uncover.
From dire conditions of hijacked buildings,the same San Jose that was used in Yizo Yizo 3, now looks worse of, to Diepsloot mob justice gone wrong. To gun-ho security guards in hillbrow,to interviews with hardned criminals telling their gory tales of brutality. Big bad Jozi was splashed out in colour for the world to watch and condemn.It's there ,we live with it and im not going to deny it. We have a lot of hardened criminals true,and a flawed and corrupt police system is not making things any easier.How many major cities are having issues with the same thing; rampant poverty,corrupt police officials ?Espicially in the 3rd world,I'd say many.
The doccie had one angle of showing how bad certain parts of Jo'burg are and there are plenty rottn apples in Jozi.But there are parts that have been reformed and have changed, parts of Joburg that are actually decent.These were convinietly skipped over.Nothing was shown on what the city is doing to rehabilitate the inner city or to combat crime like the mounted police and the foot patrol thats currently happening in the CBD. Never mind the CCTV system. Or what the police have to say about the private security institutions and their relationships with them.
Guys I'm not saying Jozi aint bad,but I'm saying there are always two sides to a tale and Theroux gave us only one.I won't say he was sensatialist as such,but I'd say it was not proper investigative journalism,thats all. Although we have a problem but people are still able to walk, not all of us have high rised walls or electric gates, fences or a private security patrolling the streets.The doccie made seem as if one can't walk in town no more. Our crime is very violent and down town is over run but there is something being done and not all of Jozi is run down,corrupt and bad,just chunks of it,but not all.Some parts of the city have been reclaimed succesfully ,look at Ghandi square,look at Newtown, look at Fox street but we never get that in international documentaries.I wonder why?