#8  Democracy Gauge: Faldielah Gamieldien

Faldielah Gamieldien (50) from Grassy Park has been working on Adderley Street since the age of 15 – where she sells flowers. Gamieldien took up this job because her mother had to work alone for 9 children. “It wasn’t easy, so I had to leave school,” she says.

Gamieldien says she is ashamed of what South Africa has become. And because of this she wants no association with the current government, and even to a large extent the country.

“I am a citizen of the flower market, not from South Africa,” she says.