The organisers of this trip could not have predicted the timing. We were scheduled on 6th December 2013 to take a bus tour of important sites in Johannesburg. Twelve hours before the start of the trip, Nelson Mandela was pronounced dead and so it was with the thoughts of the great man that we undertook visits to various spots littered with the memory of his legacy.
Constitutional Hill: Standing in front of the famous Madiba quote "Fighting against domination, it is an ideal I hope to live for an achieve, but if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die."
The menu in jail was dependent on your colour per directive of Minister of Prisons, whites had meat always, indians sometimes, blacks never.
Mahatma Gandhi Statue
People whose only crime was being black were thrown together with thieves and rapists in jail.
The sandals that Gandhi gave to SA Prime Minister Jan Smuts were returned to him with a note saying "I feel not worthy to stand in the shoes of such a great man."
The Constitution Court in South Africa's 11 languages
Flame of Democracy monument erected and lit in 2011 in memory of establishment of constitutional court.
The bedding Europeans had in jail was quite the step up from Non-Europeans regardless of the crime.
How cool was Mandela in his younger years?
Flags flying at half-mast in honour of Mandela's passing
A visit to The Mandela Jail Cell
Now this will be changed from "IS" to "WAS"
Lunch at Robby's Place in Soweto (No guns allowed)
Regina Mundi church, famous for many anti-apartheid meetings
Apartheid museum - the laws including Prohibition of Mixed Marriages Act, Native Levy Services Act, Bantu Education Act, Native Resettlement Act, Native Transport Services Act, Riotous Assemblies and Suppression of Communism Act.
Standing in front of another famous quote: "To be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, it is to respect and enhance the freedom of others."
Vilakazi Street Soweto: A street where two Nobel Prize winners lived, Mandela and Tutu. These are scenes a few hours after Mandela's passing with visitors celebrating his life, dancing to his memory.
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