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Mixed Feelings

Selay Marius Kouassi/TwentyTen

Location: Diepsloot, South Africa

The FIFA World Cup won’t fix poverty.

How many people were gathered at the Diepsloot Fan Park to watch the 2010 FIFA opener on Friday June 11? Hundreds? Thousands? How many of these people could have bought a ticket to watch the game in Soccer City stadium? Probably very few.

For Diepsloot dwellers who had no tickets, the Fan Park was the closest they could get to a stadium atmosphere. However, there was a lot more at stake for them than a mere victory for South Africa, they were cheering for a better life. So what does the 2010 FIFA World Cup mean to people living in Diepsloot, one of Johannesburg’s deprived townships?

A strong police contingent backed by the Diepsloot Community security Unit keeps a watchful eye on the long row of people as they waited to enter Diepsloot Fan Park. It is a modern park with a big screen on a mowed pitch, surrounded by an iron fence amidst shacks and a dusty ground. 

Police men keep a close watch on cars parked in an improvised parking lot next to the Fan Park. At the gate, they conduct a skilled search to ensure that no one enters the park with a dangerous object. In Diepsloot, a disreputable area where people are used to public gatherings and to marches that swiftly turn into violent demonstrations, too much security is never enough....

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