The city is crowded with unemployed people who have nothing better to do than commit petty crimes or start a business selling goods to other desperate people eager to save some money. Vendors cook food on the pavements to sell to hungry people dirt cheap. Flies and the other irritating pests that swarm around the nauseating smell are appalling. The city does not have sufficient public facilities, and the few that do exist are in a dilapidated condition; unhealthy, dirty and foul smelling.
Areas adjacent to the city center, such as Hillbrow, once known as the nightlife town; Yeoville and Berea are no better than the inner center. Further away from the center of Johannesburg, residential suburbs are relatively cleaner and safer, except for several older, established neighborhoods that are overrun by illegal immigrants, drug dealers and prostitution.
The Johannesburg municipality is under the jurisdiction of the African National Congress (ANC) party. READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE - PUBLISHED ON THE GUARDIAN LV TODAY - HERE IS THE LINK
Opinion by Laura Oneale