Today we woke up to a very raining day. The season here right now is Winter and their winter weather consists of heavy rain and wind and today was our first day experiencing a winter day, which forced us to change our agenda for the day. We had planned to take a walking tour of Bo Kaap, but due to the rain, it was postponed. We spent the morning preparing for our afternoon class, reading our first book, Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela. After class we collectively prepared a meal for an intimate dinner for ourselves, Arlene and a special guest.
Our meal consisted of bobotie, butternut and/or mushroom and bean curry (for vegetarians), yellow rice, chutney, avocado salad, green salad and malva pudding and custard (for desert). Bobotie is a South African dish consisting of spiced beef baked with an egg-based topping.
NOTE: We didn’t prepare the butternut and mushroom/bean curry. It was prepared and contributed by Arlene, who is a vegetarian; so is Anna (in our group). The main dish we prepared was the bobotie (with Dr. Bredesen as the Head Chef) and the sides.
Our special guest was Magadien Wentzel, whose true life story was featured in the book “The Number” by Jonny Steinberg. Magadien is a coloured man who was a second year student at the University of the Western Cape and imprisoned for his involvement in the 1976 uprising during the apartheid years. He served two years in jail without trial as a political prisoner and while in prison he joined one of the most feared prison gangs (the 28s), which led to him serving 25 years in prison. Magadien explained that joining the 28s was a wrong choice that changed his life forever. The crimes he committed while inside of prison extended his sentence and he was released from prison on June 09, 2003. With a 25 year prison sentence behind him, he is currently trying for a new start and plans to complete a degree in child psychology.