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The Kings of the four seasons by Marcella Muhammad


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 Because of them. . . . We Are. . .

        "There is no certainty as to when humans first occupied the area prior to the first visits of Europeans in the 15th century. The earliest known remnants in the region were found at Peers cave in Fish Hoek and date to between 15,000 and 12,000 years ago. Little is known of the history of the region's first residents, since there is no written history from the area before it was first mentioned by Portuguese explorer Bartolomeu Dias in 1486. Vasco da Gama recorded a sighting of the Cape of Good Hope in 1497. In the late 16th century, Portuguese, French, Danish, Dutch and English ships regularly stopped over in Table Bay en route to the Indies. They traded tobacco, copper and iron with the Khoikhoi in exchange for fresh meat. In 1652, Jan van Riebeeck and other employees of the Dutch East India Company (Dutch: Verenigde Oost-indische Compagnie, VOC) were sent to the Cape to establish a way-station for ships travelling to the Dutch East Indies, and the Fort de Goede Hoop (later replaced by the Castle of Good Hope). The settlement grew slowly during this period, as it was hard to find adequate labour. This labour shortage prompted the authorities to import slaves from Indonesia and Madagascar. Many of these became ancestors of the first Cape Coloured communities." 


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       Cape Town is unique within Africa; the Portuguese first settled here but didn’t find use for the place.  Later the Dutch settled and with their vision saw the potential of the place and with their ability to claim back the land were able to build a great city.  Much of downtown today would have been ocean but the Dutch were able to build the land up and retreat the waters of the Atlantic Ocean.

        The indigenous Africans, the khoe-San/ Kohekohe were nomads and were often feared to be cannibals but they were also seen by the Dutch as vital to their own survival thusly were not the people enslaved.  The Dutch subsequently called for and received their slaves from India, Mozambique Madagascar Sri Lanka and the Indonesia islands.  The indigenous Africans were made indentured servants which was not much better than slaves.

       Just like all slavery and man’s total disregard towards his fellow man, families were shredded apart and distributed to other enslavement areas.  Cape Town was a shipping lane and because of this the barbaric men of the ships as well as the Slave owners made the enslaved women there sex slaves.  This is the cause of the Coloured community within Cape Town.

        Many of the Africans and Asian slaves, especially those in Cape Town, became Muslims and thus why I see a large influence of the Muslim culture all around.  They became Muslim because of their realized the religion of those heathens who enslaved them was Christianity. 

         My stay here in Cape Town hasdistrict six brought me closer to the true plight of the Africans. I have seen district six.   District Six is the name of a former inner-city residential area in Cape Town, South district 6Africa. It is best known for the forced removal of over 60,000 of its inhabitants during the 1970s by the apartheid regime.  Now it is an area of green fields and weeds growing where children should be growing in their own homes. 

        I have seen the Imizamo Yethu township which was established in the early 1990’s as an area where mainly black people were allowed by the authorities to build homes known as ‘shacks’ or temporary shelters. Many of the black residents of Hout Bay could not afford, and by law were not allowed, to buy property or homes in Hout Bay and had no choice but to look for vacant land on which their temporary homes were built. This was done in many cases without permission and lead to much unhappiness and aggravation with their white fellow residents. In 1989 the town shiplocal government had to intervene and a piece of property was developed with basic services (roads, water and sewerage) on which black residents were allowed to build their temporary shelters and named it: Imizamo Yethu Estate (Imizamo Yethu is Xhosa for ‘our combined effort’). 

This town ship is built among beautiful homes with horse pastures.  The horse pastures were once land the Khoikhoi raised their cattle.  Now they are no longer allowed to have ownership.

I have talked with people who still remember Apartheid with great sorrow and pain.  I have also been overwhelmed with beggars on the streets here in Cape Town.  Still there is a great sense of pride in the people and even within the township there is joy and pride. 

We were told of a recent legal decision which some people are winning in court their African land back and this is a great bit of news. 

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