Cape Town - Open for less than three weeks, the Haarlem & Hope restaurant in the Company’s Garden has changed its name to The Company’s Garden Restaurant after “certain members of the community” complained that it was a “callous celebration of colonial power”.
Social activist Zackie Achmat took to social media to slam the Madame Zingara group on Facebook for naming their latest establishment after a Dutch ship that brought slaves to the Cape to work in the Company’s Garden and to build the Castle.
“I wish to register my anger and outrage against this unthinking, callous celebration of colonial power. The indigenous Khoi and San people faced genocide. Colonialism is part of our history. We can’t turn the clock back. But many white people’s failure to acknowledge the pain and injustice of colonialism, apartheid and capitalism angers me not simply because it is wrong, but because they are preparing the seeds of increased social violence.”
He said his family were brought to Cape Town from Mozambique, Malaysia and Indonesia as slaves to work in the Cape.
Achmat later tweeted: “Any response? Why I am going to boycott @Madame_Zingara chain. Promoting racist colonialism…”