A great man spent many years of his life behind these bars and these walls. When he finally received his freedom he was not angry, nor spiteful, nor resentful. His heart was not full of hatred, as one would expect, but rather overflowing with love and forgiveness.
A truly great man died today, a man who has had a profound impact on the history and future of humanity. We can all learn from this man’s fight for freedom, equality and dignity.
Renegades are the people with their own philosophies
They change the course of history
Everyday people like you and me
Thank you Madiba, we all lived in your light.
A Luta Continua - The Struggle continues.
Vladimir Tretchikoff’s Chinese Girl. The painting was sold for £982 050 (R13.8-million) in March 2013 and has just returned to South Africa where it is on display at the Delaire Graff Wine Estate in Stellenbosch.
1. © Anton Scholtz
Dr Mamphela Ramphela, leader of newly-formed political party Agang.
Ramphela has a long history of political activism and struggle, perhaps most famously as one of the founders of the Black Consciousness Movement and as Steve Biko’s lover and partner.
Cape Town, 1 November 2013. © Anton Scholtz
While I think that she has the right idea in many respects about the change that is so drastically needed in South Africa, I found her to be pretty elitist and stand-offish. Strange, given her background. She also seems to be pretty unclear about the practicalities of her turnaround strategy and has not advertised her party nearly as well as she should have with the 2014 national elections just around the corner.
South Africa’s political landscape has fractured and fragmented so much over the last eleven months, it’s hard to predict where we will find ourselves this time next year.
One thing’s for sure, these are interesting (and exciting) times we’re living in.
A stall owner in Greenmarket Square chases looters away with a steel pole. Cape Town, 30/10/2013.
© Anton Scholtz
During a massive (mostly peaceful) demonstration outside the Provincial Legislature, which was attended by around 3500 people, several small factions broke away from the main protest and ran through parts of the CBD looting stalls and shops, assaulting people, stealing goods and smashing car and shop windows.
The police were initially extremely slow to respond and took a considerable amount of time to restore order, although they say they had the situation under control.
Many of the traders that were targeted are foreign nationals, some of whom had had enough and took arms to defend themselves and their livelihoods.
By early evening, the police had the scene under control and riot police then herded the entire crowd out of the CBD and down towards Cape Town station where they forced the large mass of people into the station and onto trains heading out of the city.
Rebecca Davis describes this most succinctly in her brilliant account and analysis of the day’s events in the Daily Maverick:
'The scene of a row of riot police literally driving lines of black and coloured people out of the centre of town had disturbing echoes'.
It’s all politrix.
© Anton Scholtz
Shot at Cape Town Zombie Walk, October 2013.
© Anton Scholtz