'CT minstrel parade an intricate part of the Cape's identity'

The Cape Minstrel Parade is upon us, when minstrel troupes descend on the streets of Cape Town on the second day of each new year.

Also known as the Tweede Nuwe Jaar celebrations, the annual occasion is not a random event but is rather deeply rooted in the history of Cape slavery.

Cape cultural writer Moeshfieka Botha says all Capetonians should extend their empathy, tolerance and respect towards the community which chooses to take part in the parade.

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She explains that many children on the Cape Flats look forward to the annual event as they have limited access to other forms of recreational activity.

According to Botha, the minstrels give children on the Flats a sense of belonging, outside of the world of gangsterism.

Click here for the Tweede Nuwe Jaar road closures.

It is born out of the slavery of the people of Cape Town. It's an intricate part of who the people of Cape Town are.

Moeshfieka Botha, cultural commentator and columnist

There's a deep connection between the people who are taking part in this parade and the history of that particular space.

Moeshfieka Botha, cultural commentator and columnist

Listen to the discussion on the cultural significance of the event:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : 'CT minstrel parade an intricate part of the Cape's identity'


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