In the past several years this neighbourhood has been perceived as being antagonistic to the state and its plans. This perception is largely the product of an incidence in 2010 when the local population clashed with the police in order to prevent them from evicting residents. However, at the same time this neighbourhood benefits from many of the organs of welfare that have equally defined the post-Apartheid state. Here benevolence is expressed by the state in the form of free healthcare, widely distributed disability grants, and old age pensions. Having come to this neighbourhood through HIV/AIDS research it was this contradiction between a state that "hurts and heals" which drew my interest. In this regard the chapters in this dissertation sample some of the diverse relationships between the state and the residents of this neighbourhood.
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