parties took place on the 80th anniversary of the defense - but there is nothing to celebrate in a big city, does not change inequality, racial
for his 80th birthday, a spiritual homecoming. Desmond Tutu, was back in St. George's Cathedral in Cape Town, the church of the colonial house of the 19th century it became a bastion of resistance to racial apartheid.
"At the time, at a time when it was out of barbed wire and police were at his side, stood at the pulpit and dared to speak truth to power, the true evil" thought Bono, the Irish singer in one of two events birthday celebrated by Archbishop Emeritus of the Cathedral last week.
Bono went on to describe Tutu and Nelson Mandela as "a major double blow in the universe." Others praised the archbishop as the de facto leader of the fight, when Mandela and his comrades were exiled or imprisoned on Robben Island.
But Tutu defied his years of dancing with the Soweto Gospel Choir, a half hour, another priest had just finished a hunger strike a month. Xola Skosana is pastor of Way of Life Church in Khayelitsha, the largest township in Cape Town. He went without food during September to protest against the treatment of the poor. "It's interesting to me that a woman would make a bed in a five star hotel and then come home to sleep on the floor," Skosana said his office basic. "Or cook the best meal for someone else and come back and live in a slice of bread."
South Africa is often described as the most unequal society in the world and in Cape Town, where the cancer of injustice, racial segregation and the bitter division is often diagnosed more vividly. There is a Cape Town opera house and literary festivals, Internet entrepreneurs and luxury homes, a global destination that is the gateway to the prosperity of California style of wine. But the millions of tourists who pour through the airport each year to clear the Cape side of the highway at Table Mountain, a large lower class crammed into huts fragile. This is the course of violence and conflict, poverty and cavernous toxic lifestyle. Their victims are always colored.
not, residents say, Tutu in Cape Town that has dreamed of and fought. Seventeen years after the white minority gave way to multiracial democracy, there is a charge that Cap is an apartheid city in all but name.
Skosana said: "The blacks that it is the old South Africa If you come to Cape Town, who reached the last entry in the colonial history of this country, both politically and economically, white. . people are in power. In other parts of South Africa, the black does not have to wake up and say, "Yes boss, and they feel psychologically oppressed. In Cape Town, have yet to deal with this attitude. "
The "Mother City" is where the struggle between master and slave began. Shortly after Jan van Riebeeck landed in Cape Town in 1652, the Dutch East India Company began taxing the indigenous peoples, the slaves of shipping and the struggle for land and water. Today, the lodge is a museum of slaves across the road from San Jorge, who at the height of the struggle against apartheid was surrounded by barbed wire, police vans and water cannon. Tutu, archbishop elect of Cape Town in 1986, was the spiritual consciousness of the movement. He was a leader of United Democratic Front and the voice of the campaign to free Mandela, the first speech after his release, he was on the balcony of the room in Cape Town.
However, the role of the city in this historic effort is, to some, scoffed resolutely dark reality today. Not far from the beaches on the outskirts of the hip and the food that was recently named the top tourist destination in the world by a Web site, women in Khayelitsha could be seen drawing water last week to a source close municipal sewer strewn with garbage.Nobom About
"There is still racism in this country under the carpet. When you walk down the street here, do you think that any white man or a white girl? Only black people are in this shit. "
His friend Anele Kraw, a 19-year-old added: .. "I'm jealous I feel like this is my country, I sometimes wonder if I could take [the president] Jacob Zuma to live like that, would not stay for a day. He wants to go home. "
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