We had a glimpse of the city of Johannesburg, Jo'burg to those in the know. It is a city of contrasts, with lots of construction and unfinished projects
There is a vey obvious police presence, as evidenced by the gigantic police headquarters. The very well known St. John's Preparatory School and College is a very distinguished building which seems a bit out of place. It's fully integrated but most of its students come from wealthy families of English or Dutch background.
We soon arrived to Soweto, The SOuth WEstern TOwnship, site of the well known international soccer matches. We saw the famous soccer stadium.
The exterior of the court shows the remnants of the old walls that were part of the prison where Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Ghandi were kept in captivity. Metal sculptures adorn the plaza, and there is a sign depicting an umbrella tree, under which justice was dispensed in the past.
We were able to sit on a judgment that dealt with the constitutionality of the President, Jacob Zuma, granting pardons to a number of racists, religious, and political killers without consulting with the victims. The judges found that the president would be acting outside the constraints upon the office, a victory for the rights of the aggrieved. Photographs were not allowed during the proceedings. The court chamber has seats for all the judges. 11 judges sit on the court, guarding the constitution and protecting everyone's human rights. The court is fully integrated, all races represented.
The very narrow windows around the chamber only allow a view of the feet of passersby, thus limiting knowing the persons' ancestry. It was felt that justice would be served better this way. The flag represents all the colors of the races that form part of South Africa.
Outside the chamber there are allegorical sculptures that show the advances towards integration and equality, from imprisonment in a cell to being able to freely interact in the modern world.
As we left, we saw some more views of Soweto and passed by the house of Nelson Mandela
We drove a bit more until we got to a school hall, where students attired in tribal costumes put on a show for us.
At the end of the show Paddy posed with a Watusi dancer. As a child, she was always being compared to the Watusi Tribe members because they are very tall, and so was she. Pat also got photographed with a group of dancers.
We returned to the hotel to prepare for the flight to Zimbabwe and Victoria Falls.