We flew to Johannesburg this morning. After checking into the Westcliff hotel we began our tour of South Africa’s dark and turbulent past. We first traveled across Johannesburg to the south of the city to visit the Apartheid Museum, which opened its doors in 2002.
Madiba is easily remembered but many others should also be remembered including F.W. de Klerk, Desmond Tutu, Albert Lutuli, Oliver Tambo, Steve Biko, Joe Slovo, and the millions who supported and died for the struggle.
Although not featured at the Museum an exceptional photographer and human spirit, Ernest Cole, captured harrowing images (collection published in House of Bondage) that I will never forget:
|"Boy in School"|
We then continued to Soweto (SOuth WEstern TOwnship), the largest black residential area in South Africa. This sprawling “city within a city” is home to approximately 2 million people. Our tour route took us to the following points of interest:
· and Mandela House.
A song which we were told tells the story of Soweto:
The experience and the rumbling of emotions arising from the Museum and the drive-around of Soweto were both staggering and indelible.