Berlin Wall segment in Cape Town honours reconciliation

A segment of the Berlin Wall can be seen on St George’s Mall, only a few meters from Labotessa Hotel.

Many German visitors to Cape Town are surprised to see this symbol of peace and reconciliation in Cape Town. The City of Berlin donated the segment of the Wall to then President Nelson Mandela in 1996, when he travelled to Germany on a state visit.

The Berlin Wall separated East and West Berlin for 30 years, until it was removed in 1989. It came down three months before the South African government released Nelson Mandela from prison, both events having a huge impact on reconciliation in the two countries.


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