Meet the Izikhotane—a subculture among black youths in South Africa's townships who buy expensive designer clothes they cannot afford and then engage in elaborate dance-offs with rival gangs to demonstrate who is the most extravagant. Often, this involves destroying their clothing and setting fire to money.
It's not easy being an Izikhotane. In the twenty years since the first democratic elections, a strong black middle class has emerged in South Africa but the gap between rich and poor, already one of the widest in the world, has grown. Izikhotane are mostly teenagers from working class families who are obsessed with appearing wealthy despite their modest means. Some observers believe it's a way to escape the poverty around them. Others say it simply reflects a "culture of bling."
Vocativ recently went to Soweto to hang out with some Izikhotane as they prepared for a weekend showdown in the township.
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I buy cheap, i earn enough to take me through the month. When tough times come i still have a dime i my pocket to see me through. I have a huge house and two cars. I dont boast showing what i have. I thank the most high . I grew up with nothing, my mom worked so hard . I felt ashamed asking her for money. I worked for my own pocket money during school holidays. Im just ambarrased to see the future leaders in the Kasie destroying their life.mxm eish ezintwana.
This is the difference between black Americans and Africans hip culture, black Americans make something out of nothing, while African youth make nothing out of something. How do you buy versace and you are living in the slums. Black Americans grow in the ghetto then move to Beverly hills. We need that connection to wake us up. So sad, quite an embarassement to those who died fighting for freedom in the belief of their children can become whatever they want to be only for them to become isokothane. Smh
Italian got u boys. Just waist ur money don't even thinking of investment on something good. Some blacks are soo stupid honestly..in 40 year's from now they will be living on shacks.. coz they dont even think to invest on anything.. besides waisting cash.
this whole piece is condescending, a bait, liberal trash and highly convoluted
pretty sad some people ddnt catch on the subtle racist under tone,
these poor guys defs werent not even aware of the true intentions of this piece.
end of white minority rule?
born free? whats that?
found the one random ignorant who was properly whipped by Apartheid into praising struggle porn and believing in fale narratives that it was "better" in Apartheid.
this is cclearly a sub-genre, has been for a very long time, but sure lets pretend this is the norm,
what about those township kids who dont do this,
are their parents rich?
you just trying to say, "look at those negros, those kaffirs, lets blame a simple R1000/$80 shoe on his, and his race's fault?
There is no lifestyle there start by showing the room where you sleep most of you are sleeping in couch/ a small bed like a canoe . what a stupid lifestyle .I was going to say big up if it was something good thing.being a slave for expensive things .
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