I find moving around with a passport – although I am a South African – helpful, says Katise Mashego.
Johannesburg - Your article “Tito’s son held for being ‘too dark” (The Star, December 30) refers.
It is surprising that the news made it to the front page.
It is known that people with a darker colour are viewed with suspicion by their own in South Africa.
I come from Mpumalanga. I am a Pulana – and dark.
Whenever I go to Park Station in Joburg, I make sure I carry my passport.
I know that the police patrolling there will demand to see it.
They are not convinced that I am South African.
Former Bafana Bafana player David Nyathi was also suspected of being a foreigner.
His sin was that his skin was a bit darker than the average South African’s.
One piece of advice to my fellow South Africans from Mpumalanga and Limpopo: whenever you travel anywhere in South Africa, make sure you carry your passport.
For some peculiar reason, we are thought to be foreigners.
We cannot blame the police.
They are just doing their job.
I find moving around with a passport – although I am a South African – helpful.
Carry your passports, it is the right and safest thing to do.
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