"Motho ke motho ka batho" - means I am because you are. It calls forth to Afrocentric cultural world-views that reinforce unity, the community's wellbeing over individual prosperity and safety being in numbers. It is just one of the many things to read up about at Freedom Park, in Pretoria.

My visit to this place left me and the young ladies I took to accompany me with mixed emotions. It is one of those very "open-minded" places that ends up leaving you boggled. Everything is symbolic. What was moving was the recognition that was given to the fallen heroes who strove hard so that we as South Africans and the world at large could reap the benefits of our "Rainbow Nation".

One must be pretty fit to get the maximum benefit of this place as there are a lot of hiking spots and being able to read a map will be a big plus. This is the place you come when you are not in any hurry. If you are in a rush to glance and go, then this is not your ideal location.

While there, we were told by staff that several executive members of parliament often come here to partake in traditional rituals. There is even a place that is considered to be "holy ground". You may not walk in there with your shoes. This place is "sacred" and also guarded by a security guard who makes sure that only the bare-footed can enter. - I guess that is where the controversy comes in.

All things said and done, it is what it is. It unfortunately did not live up to my expectations, but was memorable none the less.  

Freedom Park, Pretoria. Photo by Phindiwe NkosiFreedom Park, Pretoria. Photo by Phindiwe Nkosi

Freedom Park, Pretoria. Photo by Phindiwe NkosiFreedom Park, Pretoria. Photo by Phindiwe Nkosi

 

 

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