Each year do Reconciliation Day, December 16, Christians, Jews and Muslims assemble in the labyrinth in the St George's Cathedral grounds in Cape Town and walk up Government Avenue, to the Gardens Synagogue, and then across to the Auwal Mosque. A short talk is delivered by a Muslim speaker at the cathedral, a Christian speaker in the synagogue and a Jewish speaker in the mosque. This year the Reconciliation Walk will be launched by Mayor Patricia de Lille and the talks will focus on the violence in the community and the importance of reconciliation.
Sheikh Igsaan Taliep, the principal of the Islam Peace University, South Africa, will speak at the cathedral on violence against outsiders. Lynette Maart, the national director of Black Sash, will speak in the synagogue on the violence inherent in our society, and Melanie Judge, gender activist and social commentator, will speak in the mosque on gender violence.
The 2013 walk also encompasses history, walking up the avenue, through Jan van Riebeeck's vegetable patch, from the Cathedral (1906) via the Gardens Synagogue (1905) to the Auwal Mosque, the oldest mosque in Cape Town, built in 1795, even before freedom of religion was granted in 1804. The walk runs from 9am to Ilam, ending with light refreshments in the Bo-Kaap Museum in Wale Street, just behind the mosque.