The Dutch Reformed Groote Kerk’s (Mother church) proximity, both historically & spatially, is linked to slavery and apartheid. Along with the arrival of Van Riebeeck came the church and its mission to civilise the natives thus foisting the label “savage” onto the Khoesan and eventually the Nguni. The church was instrumental in promoting notions of European/white superiority and applying inferiority through scripture to the capacities of the indigenous people. Its role as a tool for entrenching slavery and apartheid cannot be underestimated.

“bybel blaaie getroos in bloed

skynheiliheid en hoogmoed in God se woord versoet

mond vol met psalms maar tog vuil palms.”

GPS coordinates: 33.9246° S, 18.4208° E