The Question and Answer section for Cry, the Beloved Country is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
Finding housing in Johannesburg is next to impossible, and the waiting list for houses includes several thousand names.
The narrator feels that where they are is not safe. There are underhanded things going on. Black men come and go in white people's clothing.
This speaks to the plight of black women in South Africa. They bear their children and watch them suffer in a society that is against them.