Columns 13.9.2016 05:13 pm

A diverse nation that embraces everyone but security guards

Thamsanqa Mkwanazi.

Thamsanqa Mkwanazi.

And they don’t like us all that much either.

I like thinking of myself as someone who gets along with everyone, whether they have plenty or not, motorists or pedestrians, and I even stretch it to those who watch My Perfect Wedding and 7de Laan.

In my encounters with people of different creeds and backgrounds, I have noticed a tendency of the ‘haves’ to look down on the ‘have nots’. But I am glad to report that this is happening less and less. In fact, we are all starting to band together as one.

Whether you drive a fancy German car or take the train or even cycle, very few of us have had a positive experience with our favourite people: security guards. To prove this is not an elitist thing at all, I know security guard who do not like security guards.

I am talking about those who see themselves as the law, and that is it. It does not matter what you say to them or how you try and explain what you need, they will not have it.

By the powers vested in them – asking you where you are going, what you are going to do and who you are going to see and why you are wearing blue underwear – they can ruin your day.

You have probably gone through the same thing where you were cross-examined about everything under the sun, just so you could visit a friend or quickly drop off a parcel. And all for what? Absolutely nothing. You would swear that they actively represent body corporates and board of directors.

The funny thing about security guards is just how judgmental some of these can be. On more than one occasion, I have been denied entry because I was driving a small car, while someone going to the exact same place, going to see the same person, was allowed in. I have witnessed this happen to other people as well, just because they looked a certain way.

We are almost two weeks into Heritage Month, and let us be mindful that our heritage has a lot to do with diversity. This is the month when people will be dressed in traditional attires and will showcasing who they are. Malls, office blocks, weddings and funerals will be adorned with South Africans who will be demonstrating their heritage, and it would be a pity for the rest of us to look at them indifferently.



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