Residents now 'cleansed of apartheid'
Former anti-apartheid activist Mario Wanza yesterday led a small crowd of Cape Flats residents to one of Cape Town's upmarket suburbs to "cleanse ourselves of apartheid".
Despite Wanza's announcement that 3000 people would gather at the Rondebosch Common to scatter the ashes of "municipal arrears" in celebration of the Freedom Charter, only 300 turned up.
Though Wanza told the residents over a faulty loud haile r that his organisation would take over the common, several Rondebosch residents were seen walking their dogs undeterred.
A few Rastafarians were seen merrily smoking dagga as a large police contingent watched the ceremony closely.
"This land was taken away from us, we will return this land," Wanza shouted. "We don't have a government left in South Africa, it is only the media that keeps [it] alive. It is time to stand up and say this Freedom Charter is what Nelson Mandela went to jail for."
Earlier this year, Wanza clashed with the City of Cape Town and was arrested for organising an illegal gathering on the common.
Wanza told residents to look to the Freedom Charter for answers instead of the country's constitution, which he dismissed as a compromise.
He then took a swipe at the DA.
"Today we're burying the DA because they are the new National Party with a new name. We bury apartheid once and for all," said Wanza.
The marchers burst into the song Amazing Grace as dark plumes of ash filled the air. Others waved UDF flags.
They later walked to Vyggieskraal stadium for a "cultural event".
"We are going to have a party now," said Wanza.