Wherever we live in our city we experience the legacy of colonialism and apartheid. We are still divided into islands by our race, religion, class and ethnicity. We are still wracked by deep and enduring poverty and inequality and many wards still face chronic unemployment and daily violence.
Politicians often try to use these divisions to secure a support base. They say that if we trust them and they are elected and are able to take over the city, then they will look after our interests. While we argue about who should be first in the queue, those who have money and power continue to benefit.
Wherever we look we see people organised in hierarchies that look like pyramids – political parties, unions, government departments, businesses and many other organisations concentrate power, resources and knowledge amongst a few people at the top.