EVEN if you were brought up in a squatter camp it is easy to forget where you came from, especially when the millions start rolling in and private jets and bodyguards become daily necessities.
Most politicians would never sleep in a shack, though Mvume Dandala did in Mamelodi during Cope's election campaign. But few politicians would do that - publicity stunt or not.
So what was Tokyo Sexwale's motive? Was it political or humane?
Did he sleep in a shack in Diepsloot because he cares about the people there or because he cares about the ANC and his job?
Did he give the people a date on which their houses would be built? Will he go back in a year's time to see if his plans have been implemented?
Sexwale made a smart comment on Radio 702 when he said: "I want to know where my money is spent?"
If he gets his answer , the lives of poor people will improve .
It would be disappointing if it were just a feel-good visit to make people forget about their gripes with the government for a while.
If Sexwale went there to tell the people the government has no money owing to the recession or that they have to move because of whatever the government has to do, then the visit was a sham.
But if he went there to tell them that their housing problem is being handled, gave them a date by which all of them will have houses and told them when he would be back, then his visit was a success.
Sefu Sekgala, Tshwane