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New Sol Plaatje Memorial Unveiled in Cape Town

Native Life in South AfricaMhudiSol PlaatjeAlert! In a ceremony attended by president Jacob Zuma and Richard Plaatje, Sol Plaatje’s great-great grandson, a new memorial dedicated to the pioneering writer and politician was unveiled in Cape Town at the weekend.

BOOK SA hasn’t managed to get a snap of the sculpture, by Johan Moolman, that represents several aspects of Plaatje’s life; if anyone has one, please post it somewhere so we can catch a glimpse!

Here’s more on the unveiling from Sarah Evans:

The monument, sculpted by Johan Moolman, features the literary icon in a sitting position. Moolman’s idea was to show Plaatje’s peaceful, non-violent nature by sculpting his legs in a relaxed position. His philosophical, intellectual and literary mind is reflected in his alert upper body.

Other reliefs around the monument were intended to encapsulate elements of Plaatje’s life. A picture of Plaatje the newspaper editor reflects his journalistic side. To the left of that plaque is an image of William Shakespeare, which tells the story of Plaatje’s noteworthy translations of the Bard’s works.

In the final plaque, Moolman uses powerful imagery to depict the 1913 Land Act. Michelangelo’s Adam and Eve has been reinterpreted to show two people cowering from a policeman holding a baton. Underneath that, Halley’s Comet symbolises imminent disaster.

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