Back in 2019, BBC Three aired a three-part docu-series titled Extreme South Africa hosted by journalist Reggie Yates. Two of those episodes recently resurfaced this month, shared on the popular documentary channel, Real Stories.
The series follows Yates who travelled to South Africa in 2013 to explore three different fringe communities over the course of three weeks. In the first episode, Yates spends a week in South Africa’s largest white slum, Coronation Park, just outside Johannesburg. South Africa has a white population of approximately 4.6 million and during apartheid, the racist political system elevated whites people into a privileged position.
But in post-apartheid South Africa, white youth charities claim that up over 400,000 of them now live below the poverty line, these figures have been hotly disputed, however.
The second episode sees Yates spend a week at a hospital, in Khayelitsha, Cape Town, where staff struggle to cope with the victims of violent attacks. On any given weekend, the young doctors deal with up to 100 stabbings and assaults and 80 per cent of those admitted are under the age of 25.
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By living and working with the doctors and patients, Yates investigates why it is almost inevitable for young men just like him to get into violent altercations in South Africa. It is a journey that leads him into the heart of the township and the conflict.
Finally, the third episode follows Yates and the scandalous South African Prophet Mboro. In a world of witchcraft, exorcisms and heavily armed guards, Mboro is adored by the thousands of followers in his megachurch and renowned for his dancing and the “miracles” he performs.
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