De Lille opens Langa Heritage Museum

Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille on Saturday opened the Langa Heritage Museum. The Old Pass Court...

Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille at the official opening of the Langa Museum. Picture: Nathan Adams/EWN

Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille on Saturday opened the Langa Heritage Museum.

The Old Pass Court building and post office has been upgraded to house local history pieces.

It includes documents of migrant workers and artworks.

The Old Pass Court reportedly processed 60 migrant workers in one hour and was the gateway into the city for black migrant labourers.

For many Langa residents, this building holds painful memories.

Elders in the community have recounted their personal stories. They said that its close proximity to the train station was significant as migrant workers were not allowed to wonder around the township.

The Langa Heritage Foundation's Temba Nolutshungu said the museum must be more than a cultural space, but a teaching centre for the youth.

Meanwhile, de Lille said the museum must be preserved and treasured.