Age is a beautiful phase
I am at peace with my journey
age is not an omen of fear
terrifying in its presence
age is a sanctuary that will
transform itself into an oasis
age is a beautiful phase.
- James Matthews, 93
There are many terms to describe James Matthews. Freedom fighter. Publisher. Writer. Poet. Journalist.
A man who fought oppression and injustice with his words and more. Matthews, born in Cape Town’s colourful Bo-Kaap, turned 93 this week.
On Africa Day, May 25, 2019, he was honoured on the occasion of his 90th birthday.
Matthews remains among one of the most prominent and influential voices to come out of Cape Town.
Here he is photographed in his Athlone home by Ian Landsberg.
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