South Africa : Mandela's House - a symbol of liberation

Mandela's House - a symbol of liberation -

If the walls of the old house of former President, Nelson Mandela in Orlando West Soweto could speak, they would tell vivid stories of the liberation struggles fought during apartheid, writes Nthambeleni Gabara.

The four-roomed house at 8115, on the corner of Vilakazi and Ngakane Streets, in Orlando West was built in 1945 under the then council's tender for new houses in Soweto.

The house, which is situated in an area with a significant history of the liberation struggle, was petrol bombed several times and often raided by members of the police force during the apartheid.

Next to the house lies the Morris Isaacson High School where the June 1976 uprisings began.

The house is also situated in close proximity to the Hector Peterson Memorial, the very spot where Peterson fell after he was fatally wounded by the police force. On the other side of the Vilakazi Street stands Desmond Tutu's house.

Madiba's house was identical to hundreds of others built on postage stamp-size plots on dirt roads.

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[AA South Africa]