The other Sharpeville


Something is not right with this picture.

Sharpeville Township lies to the south of Johannesburg.

But this photograph I snapped is in Durban Deep, to the west of the City of Gold.

The bearing is all wrong

To understand this little mystery, look to the Big Screen.

This is the Sharpeville police station mock up, built by movie hands.

What we have here is one of the sets for the movie Long Walk to Freedom, where the Sharpsville massacre was filmed.

The play play Sharpeville police station

The play play Sharpeville police station

I guess the old mine building had the same 1960s style of the original township police station and it is close enough to Johannesburg, to pamper the A-list stars.

But this new Sharpeville is unlikely to be around for long.

Developers have bought the land and will be knocking everything down soon

About Shaun Smillie

Journalist, with a love of bones, fossils and other things dug up. Fisherman and occasional beer maker.
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