Haunted homes

2014-07-09 14:00

Award-winning South African photographer Herman Verwey visited two abandoned buildings in the Tshwane CBD and came away with a disturbingly beautiful portrait of the city as a wasteland

Schubart Park and Kruger Park, two huge adjoining apartment blocks in the former Pretoria, were once teeming with life.

Afrikaner communities gave way to Pan-African communities as the CBD transformed.

Today the buildings stand empty, haunted by signs and symbols of their former occupants. They are a memory tomb.

They have been almost entirely plundered after steadily declining from a lack of maintenance.

Much of the damage was caused by residents who resisted their evictions.

The city that closed them down says it plans to spend hundreds of millions of rands to repair the buildings.

Verwey’s compelling photographs offer a dystopian wasteland that casts Tshwane as a scene in a sci-fi movie, the apocalypse of the final world war.

Here and there are remnants of human life as nature reclaims the urban space.

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