By the end of the 1970s, the Group Areas Act had authorized the relocation of nearly 150,000 Capetonians, with black people by far the most affected!
When the residents were relocated to new townships on the Cape Flats, the basic amenities necessary for a decent life were absent.
When apartheid forcibly evicted 60,000 people from District Six, most left with little more than a suitcase. I couldn't even begin to fathom how they decided what to bring and what to leave behind.
Barbed wire atop buildings and homes in downtown Cape Town was unfortunately all too common a sight.
On February 11th, 1990, only hours after his release from prison, Nelson Mandela made his first public speech after his release from the balcony of City Hall. More than 100,000 of his supporters gathered across the street in the Grand Parade, a former military parade ground, to hear him.
Image of Nelson Mandela on the third anniversary of his death: