“EIGHTEEN years ago, on South Africa’s first official Worker’s Day,
academic and activist David Webster was gunned down outside his home by
an apartheid regime hitman. That home was shared with his partner
Maggie Friedman, who shares her memories of the day, and the man.”
The article by Lucille Davie describing details of this man’s life can be found on the City of Johannesburg website.
It is definitely a life worth reading about.
But why is this man being featured in a post on a mosaics blog? Perhaps this excerpt from the article will explain:
“In 1999, on the 10th anniversary of Webster’s death and with the help
of artist Ilsa Pohl, Friedman decorated the front wall of the house
with beautiful mosaic containing symbols significant to her slain
The mosaic washes along the low boundary wall of the house and
then over the whole of its two brick gateposts. On either side of the
posts is a bull – a reference, says Friedman, to his work with the
rural community in Kosi Bay. A bowl on the front step is symbolic of
the washing of hands, a ceremony from his funeral. A soccer ball is
depicted, a reminder of his love of soccer and membership of Orlando
Pirates. A giraffe image recalls an angel. Mosaic hands appear along
the wall and the posts, those of Friedman’s two children, Pohl’s child
and several neighbours’ children.
Inscribed in mosaic on the wall are the words: “Assassinated here for
his fight against apartheid. Lived for justice, peace and friendship.””
Credit to the “City of Johannesburg website
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