Dancers steal the show as speeches fall flat at Madiba ...


Dancers steal the show as speeches fall flat at Madiba commemoration

It felt a far cry from 30 years ago when Nelson Mandela made a historic speech in Cape Town

Senior reporter

It’s easy to get caught up in the hype. President Cyril Ramaphosa, savior of Zuptastan, flanked by a R3.5m statue of national icon Nelson Mandela, looking out across the grand parade and a tent of dignitaries – far too many to mention.

Tuesday’s commemoration of Nelson Mandela’s historic first public address since his release from prison was the usual loudspeaker blare of reminiscences and renewed vows, witnessed by a tiny sun-baked crowd compared with the throngs of 30 years ago.

However, salvation was at hand in the form of a little-known theatrical rap group from the gang-ridden Cape Town suburb of Ocean View, all wearing masks, who unwittingly illustrated the central message in Ramaphosa’s speech: SA’s history belongs to everybody, not just a few heroes...

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