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Are migrants to blame for Jo'burgs drug addiction?

Fiona Crack | 17:27 UK time, Sunday, 21 May 2006

A controversial question but one that you've been telling us you want to discuss on our roadtrip to South Africa.

Mark and I are in Melrose, Johannesburg. I've given up trying to make my BBC laptop work and instead am sharing a seat with the owner’s cat trying to finalise plans for tomorrow's programme. World Have Your Say is coming from Nambitha - a restaurant in Orlando West - in the most famous South African township - Soweto.

We can't wait to go live at 1700GMT tomorrow.

I've been asking young people that I've met since we got here what they want to talk about. Drugs, crime, HIV awareness, what the Zuma trial meant for South African politics, if the government or the people are to blame for what they perceive as a slow moving progress, were some of their answers.

The growing problem of drugs kept popping up in these conversations. One young South African I spoke to felt that the Nigerians in Johannesburg were responsible for the dependence on hard drugs. He claimed that many young South Africans blamed migrants for growing crime.

I also went to meet Coster, an Zimbabwean artist who claims South African are xenophobia. He arrived in the country and suffered discrimination and abuse. He was so affected by it that he bases a large amount of his work around it. We visited him at his studio and now he's going to come and be in our audience tomorrow.

Already two stories from a debate that you asked us to talk about.

Our audience (mostly young people aged between 16-25) will be telling us what they want to discuss. We've got some callers from Africa, and around the world, ready to ask them what it's like to live in Soweto, what's important in their lives and how they feel they can shape the next stage of transition in the 'African superpower'.

What do you want to ask them? It's your chance to talk live to our audience in Soweto. Join us and join the global conversation.


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