FIFA World Cup 2010: The Ugly Side of the Beautiful Game

FIFA World Cup 2010 has started with aplomb and this is the first time that Africa is being the host to 32International football playing nations. Since the end of apartheid, twenty one years ago, South Africahas apparently come a long way, and the mega sporting event is supposed to showcase the progresses made by a country which racist policies excluded from the international community for decades.

However, a vast majority of South Africans and Africans will not be able to attend the world cup in the news fancy stadiums built for the occasion because they can not afford to buy the tickets for the games. The worse part is that for the last few years, some shantytown residents are being evicted and being forced to live in concentration camps.

In the context of one of the Cape Town suburb, The Shanytown are habitants are getting tortured and are forcefully driven to relocation camps where they are suffering more accumulating their bare-minimums even. Crumpled iron shacks are what they left with and that’s their homes, there are around 1500 people who are given that bumpy housing complex. The norms are dead-set and claustrophobic, No one can build anything outside, cooking outside is not allowed and, after 10 at night, no one is allowed to go out because there’s a curfew. The residents are, indeed, deprived of their freedom

The authorities did not even bother to give the camp a postal area code. There is an eighty percent unemployment rate, no school, no clinic, and there are on an average of five to seven people living in the corrugated structures measuring three by nine meters. The residents are enduring these conditions just twenty kilometers from Africa’s most expensive stadium, Cape Town’s Green Point stadium (see photo), which comes with a price tag of more than $ four hundred and fifty million.

There more than 40000 people, who are waiting for the shelter near western cape province and the housing projects are stopped for a time being because the financial resources are concentrated on the FIFA World Cup 2010. As everybody calls, that’s, indeed, a concentration camp because the authorities are hell-bent in making sure that these people are not be seen by any visitor or tourist who would come to be a part of the FIFA audience in the beautiful Cape Town district.

Amnesty International had shown its concerns on 4th of this month, It reported about the increment in the harassment of police towards street vendors, homeless people and refugees who are living in shelters. Penalties include fines of up to One thousand three hundred Dollars (US) or imprisonment of up to six months. The demonstrators continued raising anxiety that the vast majority of the South Africans are excluded from advantages to receive the event. Requirements create zones of exclusion spread for informal economic activities, are particularly prejudiced in a country where many people are absolutely serious of the informal area of economy to survive. 

Regulations created to submit to requirements of World Cup FIFA are used by the police to evict homeless persons and sellers of the street of the ' controlled sites of approach”. Troubles for offenses in accordance with regulations include penalties of up to $1,300 or of imprisonment of until six months. The demonstrators of poor communities continued raising anxiety that the vast majority of the South Africans are excluded from advantages to receive World Cup. Requirements in accordance withregulations FIFA, which create zones of exclusion spread for informal economic activities, are particularly in a country where many people are absolutely serious of the informal area of economy to survive.