MUNSIEVILLE — Children living at a squatter camp in Munsieville known as Pongo Camp are seen running around barefoot with some owning just one shoe. Dusty faces smile back at you as they run off seeking shelter from their parents.
This is the face of about three million children. They are part of more than 12 million people who live in extreme poverty in South Africa, a country with a total population of over 49 million people.
Tshepiso Mdluli (15) lives with her mother Annah (39) a domestic worker and five siblings in a makeshift wooden shack. She and her older sister Tshegofatso (17) were busy washing clothes when DigitNews arrived during the morning.
Today (20 March) is a special school holiday as South Africa is celebrating Human Right’s Day on 21 March. Tshepiso told DigitNews that, according to her, education is a human right that should be protected.
“I want to be an accountant one day,” she said. “So I want to work hard for a better life!”