Adriaan Roets
3 minute read
17 May 2020
9:51 am

Bo-Kaap loses its ethos in lockdown

Adriaan Roets

Islamic history is easily forgotten among the brightly coloured rows of houses and new haunts.

The Bo-Kaap district of Cape Town. Picture: iStock

If you are practising Muslim, May is a special time as it’s when Ramadan is celebrated. Usually a community event, this year lockdown has changed the celebrations. Three years ago myself and a friend spent the last bit of Ramadan in Bo-Kaap, the Islamic epicentre of South Africa and a neighbourhood I dearly miss. A trip to Cape Town is not complete without walking the cobbled streets of the Bo-Kaap. One of Cape Town’s most historic and culturally significant neighbourhoods, it charms the crowds, but it seems as though right after the selfies have been snapped against the backdrop of...