Tribute To The Gugulethu 7
Vivian Jones & Azania Band
October 17 - 2004
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 4/5||Backing : 4||Production : 4||Sound quality : 4||Sleeve : 3/4|
Gugulethu (meaning 'our pride' in Xhosa) is one of the oldest black townships in South Africa. It was established in 1958 as a result of the migrant labor system. Gugulethu grew as the number of migrant workers from the Transkei increased and Langa became too small. The people were allocated rooms in the hostels designed in zones. In these hostels three men had to share a tiny single room. The hostels were for men only, no wives were allowed to visit their husbands. Women were left behind in the former Transkei and Ciskei homelands. Poverty, oppression and overcrowding characterized life in Gugulethu under the apartheid rule. The schools were not equipped and under funded. The housing lacked both electricity and proper plumbing up until the 1980's. On 3 March 1986, seven young men were ambushed in a roadblock set up by police in NY -1 Street. They left home one morning for work and they never returned. Those seven men turned up on television that night dead. The news labelled them terrorists that had engaged in a gun battle with the SAP and their mothers had to watch their dead children being dragged on the ground in front of the world to see. The Gugulethu Seven as they are known, is one of the most callous examples of security forces operations.