Rorisang Kgosana
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13 Jun 2020
5:05 am

King Khoisan SA out in the cold at the Union Buildings

Rorisang Kgosana

He laughs as he remembers how his cold body temperature had puzzled a thermometer during a screening at his son’s school.

King Khoisan SA can be seen at his camp on the lawns of the Union Buildings on 12 June 2020, Pretoria. He had spent most of the morning in his tent to avoid the freezing cold. Picture: Jacques Nelles

It has been 17 months since the Khoisan set up camp at the Union Buildings gardens after vowing in 2018 that they would not leave until President Cyril Ramaphosa meets their demands. The small settlement, positioned next to the giant Nelson Mandela statue, has become a common sight when walking down the steps towards the bronze effigy. But it was eerily quiet yesterday morning. After a few minutes of calling out to King Khoisan SA, he finally stepped out of his tent to brave the cold weather in his traditional wear. “My nose is blocked now because I was trying...