Hundreds took to the streets to celebrate the spirit of freedom and to commemorate an important chapter in the long history of the Cape of Good Hope. The Cape Party was joined by a number of community organisations to celebrate the 175 year anniversary since the abolition of slavery in the Cape.
This day marked the revival of a sentiment where oppression and discrimination was cast off to make way for the intrinsic human right to freedom. The people marched to Parliament to hand over a memorandum demanding that ‘Die Tweede Nuwe Jaar’ be reinstated as a public holiday to allow for the minstrel ceremonies that have long been celebrated as a hallmark of Cape identity and a proud part of our historical culture. The memorandum further demanded that an accurate and balanced account of the Cape’s long history be reintroduced into the education system to counter-balance the current schooling curriculum that indoctrinates our children with a history that begins and ends with the ANC.
To understand our identity, our place in the present fold of time and our God-given human rights to self-determination we must know the path of history that led us to this crossroad. Our decisions, or lack thereof, will shape the future of those that follow us.