Rasta is in his late twenties, and lives with his girlfriend on the street. They have both grown up on the streets and found each other. I met Rasta last year in June at the Youth Resolution, a shelter under the bridge in Woodstock with a group of transgender males (moffies). Rasta has a girlfriend who is HIV positive. I’m not sure how long they’ve been together. She doesn’t take her meds and they are both tik addicts. I last saw him when I sketched him. He sat for me while he was waiting for a friend.
Rasta is part of the 28 gang but recently he was beaten and almost burnt alive by them. If it wasn’t for his girlfriend he would have lost his life. She pleaded with the new street 28 gang leader to let him live and in exchange she gives him the R1000 social grant that she gets every mouth. The gang said that Rasta must remove himself and break down his shack, and he is no longer welcome in the 28 camp ground, near Trafalgar High School. Ever since then he has been on the run and no one knows where he sleeps, but we suspect its someway up near Table Mountain.