Hector Pieterson Museum
Johannesburg, South Africa
011 536 2253
Hector Pieterson Museum Johannesburg Reviews
Monument for the Soweto Uprising Sep 17, 2001
This may not be the number one thing on your list of 'To Do' things, but I highly recommend that you visit Soweto. No visit to Johannesburg is complete without visiting Soweto. Soweto stands alone in championing the fight agains Apartheid. Besides the shanty towns and tin homes you will see, I recommend you visit the Hector Pieterson museum as part of your learning for the destination that you are visiting. This museum is dedicated to a monumental event in the hostory of South Africa: the Soweto uprising which took place in 1976. Mandel included the day (June 16) as a Public holiday and is commemorated as the Children's Day Public Holiday.
Many school children lost their lives in this historic uprsing that started as a peaceful demonstration against the use of the language 'Afrikaans' which they saw as oppressive. The rulling Dutch governement was considered oppressive so the Soweto decided they would not use the language. This peaceful demonstration did not rest well with the government. Riot police were sent in and they opened fire on the school children killing many of them. Hector Pieterson was the first victim and he was immortalized for it.
Inside the museum you will see a heart breaking picture of Hector's friend running away with his body, while his sister runs along side it as well.
The audio equipment used is kind of like the ones used in Alcatraz. Audio materials with personal accounts of what happened that fatal day many years back.
Caution: This is not a tour you want to take on your own, like many tours in Johannesburg, get a certified tour operator. Even though apartheid ended, mot of the violence in Johannesburg is caused due to poor living conditions and the locals want to rob people, especially tourists. Soweto is dangerous if you do not know the safe places, which you will not know as a visitor.
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