The District Six Museum
The District Six Museum is a memorial to the forced displacement of 60,000 inhabitants of Cape Town's District Six in the 1970's by the apartheid regime. While the government stated many official apartheid "reasons" for it's decision, most likely the reasons had a lot to do with the proximity of the area to the city centre, harbour and Table Mountain and their desire to make it an all-white area.
The museum was very personal, choosing to show many photos and representations of how people were living before they were forcibly removed and put into shacks in the outskirts of the city. It also follows families after their homes were bulldozed (all buildings except places of worship were destroyed) and continues to be a meeting place for those families today.
"It struck me that our history is contained
in the homes we live in, that we are shaped
by the ability of these simple structures to
resist being defiled." - Achmat Dangor (Kafka's Curse)
To read that quote and then turn the corner to see this lovely re-creation of a typical District Six house. To imagine the family pulled out and their beautiful house destroyed while they are forced to live in squalor at the edges of town is heartbreaking.
David and Bereket had the Rooster Chicken burger with bacon, Eskedar had the Provincial Chicken burger with cranberry sauce and Brie and I tried the Big Bird - Ostrich meat, beet relish and feta cheese. I had a Milo Malt shake and the rest had Chocolate Brownie shakes.
If only we'd just kept walking home and didn't stop at the ATM but we needed to stop. So we did. As David was in the little cubicle a man worked his way in (talking a mile a minute about how David still needed to put in a longer code number before finishing his withdrawal - all done to throw David off guard) and palmed David's card and took off. It happened so quickly. There were two guys involved. Before we knew it both guys were gone along with David's Visa Debit. In the end, the security guard for our building let us use his phone, David's Debit card has been cancelled (we can still use mine) and the guy stole a little over $300. Thank God for the daily limit. Another tough lesson to learn.
We won't let that experience dominate our feelings about our stay in Cape Town, though. We have had an incredible time here and have loved the city. We are looking forward to getting our little car tomorrow (David will have to drive on the left side of the road, and with a left handed manual transmission!) and driving up to the Karoo. We will put out a blog post right before Christmas. Until then, as always, thanks for reading and welcome to any new readers!