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A man sits outside a shebeen ( tavern ) in Alexandra township at 2 30 am in the morning, after everybody has gone home. The shebeen is situated on the ground floor of an eight story flat. On just about every floor there is someone selling something of some sort.

More than one million people living in the two square mile area with most of them living on the bread line. There is a shebeen in every street corner. Most of the men are unemployed or work part time while the women are domestic workers. Consuming liquor is one of the escapes from reality.


Mujahid Safodien