Parliament’s secret temple revealed

2014-06-08 20:32

Cape Town - On the grounds of Parliament, close to Tuynhuys in the heart of Cape Town, is an old, white, plastered building.

The Lodge De Goede Hoop is hidden behind a parking lot filled with shiny ministerial cars.

Only the Freemason symbol on the window and the Star of David above the large wooden doors show that this is not just another parliamentary building.

The building was inaugurated as the first masonic temple in South Africa in 1803 and is still used daily by its members.

This week, City Press took a tour of the temple with the newly appointed Grand Master of the SA Freemasons, Geoff Edwards.

On a table in the foyer are a square and a pair of compasses – well-known masonic symbols. On the wall is an engraved list of the names of former masters and the wall beside the front door is adorned with a framed photograph of Watty Watson, former DA chief whip and retiring Grand Master.

“People say we’re on parliamentary grounds, but that’s not true. Actually, Parliament is on our grounds,” he says.

Edwards is right because this mysterious organisation has been in South Africa and Cape Town for much longer than Parliament.

The first Freemason lodge was formed in Cape Town in 1772 and the temple was built about 30 years later.

The Cape government of the time and the Freemasons were so intertwined that the Cape Parliament used the masonic banquet hall as a venue from 1854 to 1884 until the old House of Assembly was completed.

The organisation, regarded as among the most mysterious in the world, is all about money, power and secret handshakes, its detractors whisper. There are many conspiracy theories, alleged links with murders, and those who believe the Freemasons “planted the seeds” of apartheid.

Others say that from the organisation’s inception in the 14th century, it has been the secret hand that is quietly ruling the world.

Not true, according to Edwards, taking us into the meditation chamber with its sinister statue of a dead man with a dagger, a book and an hourglass, and the words “know thyself”.

Two artificial human skulls add a chilling edge to the room. “People say the Freemasons have ruled the world over the centuries, but the truth is that many rulers were simply masons,” he says.

But where do secret handshakes and rituals fit in 2014? “I’m reluctant to use the word ‘secret’,” says Edwards, a businessman who runs his own recruitment agency.

“We don’t make the way we operate known publicly because that will spoil things for the candidates, but we aren’t trying to hide ourselves from the world.

“Like many other organisations, we have been attacked aggressively in the past. During World War 2, Hitler tried to wipe out the Freemasons.

“Even in South Africa, there was a time when we were targeted. That made our members cautious. Nowadays, we encourage members to speak about it. The world has changed,” Edwards says.

The most fascinating room in the Lodge De Goede Hoop is undoubtedly the middle chamber. With only two small windows letting in a sliver of light, the room is dark even in the middle of the day. Here, ceremonies are held at night in the pitch dark to remind members just how fleeting their lives are.

The organisation is open to all races, but does not accept women as members. There are female lodges in some parts of the world, but they are not recognised by the Freemasons’ constitution. No atheists are permitted to join. Members believe in the “life hereafter”, so atheists aren’t welcome.

“To become a member, the person is required to believe in a ‘higher power’, but we do not say who that must be. Freemasonry is not a religion. We offer no path to heaven.”

Edwards says the Freemasons believe in tolerance, and promoting peace and harmony.

“In our lodge we have members of Parliament from three different political parties and they all get on tremendously well together,” he boasts.

Then, with an almost disappointingly ordinary handshake, he says goodbye.

  • John Keynes - 2014-06-08 20:45

    Always knew JZ was a Freemason!!!

      Ryan Spencer - 2014-06-08 21:08

      He noted the 'Free' bit and wanted in

      Brian Nobin - 2014-06-08 21:09

      So this temple was used by freemasons. Now the Cathedral (parliament) is occupied by freeloaders and benchwarmers!

      Karl Kat - 2014-06-08 21:13

      Neither JZ or any of his socialist and commy pals qualify to become freemasons. Besides religion honesty and integrity are qualities they don't possess

      Matthew Patrick - 2014-06-08 22:00

      I heard a wild conspiracy theory from a plumber once that JZ is a member. It would explain how a primary school dropout / goat herder can become president.

      ToldYouSo - 2014-06-09 00:52

      @John Keynes?. Nope. JZ is a "Free Loader" like the rest of his cadres. One needs to be properly edu(ma)cated to be a Mason.

      Brolloks En Bittergal - 2014-06-09 08:22

      @Ryan: Sharp! LOL

  • Derek Bredenkamp - 2014-06-08 20:49

    Why the need for secrecy, sounds very dodgy to me. An organization doing good surely would not need to keep secrets? And where does their path lead if not to heaven? Sorry, that's a secret.

      Willem le Roux - 2014-06-08 22:11

      Derek, Freemasonry exists for a long time and it was not always safe to acknowledge one's membership. Read Jacques de Molay story on 1308 :) Freemasonry is not really a secret society as much as it is an organization with it's unique secrets (like lots of other organizations). Today, we can tell you anything about it, except how we recognize each other.

  • Johnny Bloem Peter - 2014-06-08 20:51

    thas illuminathi...not of God and not of Jesus Christ

      ToldYouSo - 2014-06-09 00:55

      One always fears what one does not understand.

      Ted Bug - 2014-06-09 07:22

      JZ must really fear Maths...

  • Idille Borchers - 2014-06-08 20:53


  • Jacques Le Roux - 2014-06-08 20:59

    NWO illuminati

  • Sivuyile Vivian George - 2014-06-08 21:01

    Freemason in Parliament! Tyooo

  • Bettie Nieuwoudt - 2014-06-08 21:01

    The most beautiful building in Cape Town, And please just get a grip - Freemasonry is all about love, looking after one another and brotherhood. Those principles churches and all religious groupings are suppose to fulfill. I know, I am part of Freemasonry for many many many years, And yes, those so-called whisperers have been asked to leave because of their lives they live that is not acceptable in Freemasonry. The oldest "trade union" in the world. Most probably the oldest non-racial movement ever!

      Ben Stone - 2014-06-08 21:36

      Well said, Bettie! It is probably one of the noblest organizations in the world!

      Mariette Hellmuth - 2014-06-08 22:04

      Don't be misled, Bettie. There is much much more to Free Masonry than meets the eye. Everything wrapped in secrecy, they try to mislead good and naive people into thinking that they are just another caring oragnization. That is not the truth.

      roslyndavidrose - 2014-06-08 22:11

      But still no gender equality so against our constitution

      Willem le Roux - 2014-06-08 22:17

      Derek Bredenkamp, without women, Freemasonry can never exist. The effort, that woman put in tirelessly to contribute towards charity, faith and hope is enormous. Lodge might only be for men, but the women make make it work! Believe me.

  • Luzuko Mdingi - 2014-06-08 21:10

    If you take a look at the Castle in Cape Town from the air its shaped like the star of David suggesting that even the earliest settlers in the Cape were freemasons, this organization is evil and has been since its establishment having links with the illuminati which originated in the Loyola castle where magic was practiced. Jesus remains the way,the truth and the life, anything done in secret will never be pure.

      Ben Stone - 2014-06-08 21:38

      Uhm, last time I checked, the star of David has six points and the Castle is a five point star.....

      Matthew Patrick - 2014-06-08 21:54

      Firstly, meeting in secret is part of their tradition because they were being persecuted and executed by the Catholic Church. This is mainly because they had logical ideas that often conflicted with the Roman Catholic Church and pre-Christianity religions ('Free' in Freemason supposedly means free-thinking). Ever heard of a time when Copernicus and Galileo proved the Church wrong and were nearly convicted of 'heresy' for it? Secondly, their formation has a much longer history than that, by thousands of years, and isn't as simple as you claim. Thirdly, where do you get demonic and evil? Ever heard of the Crusades, as in the war waged by Britain and France against Islam in Jesus' name? Well their main predecessor, the Knights Templar, were a religious brotherhood who went to Jerusalem to protect religious buildings and artefacts from being looted or destroyed by the armies of the West. The Catholic Church has caused more atrocities over history than any other body. The Freemasons are mainly about preserving history and knowledge. If you open your mind and understanding to the fact that anything in the universe is possible then you'll find that knowledge is the light

      Willem le Roux - 2014-06-08 22:23

      Luzuko Mdingi - not sure what the Castle has to do with it, that was a Dutch settlers thing. The Lodge referred to in the article is on the same grounds as the Tuynhuys - you are a bit off the mark I'd say. As for the rest of your barbaric claims, perhaps you would like to put up some empirical proof!

      Talitha Boshoff - 2014-06-08 23:09

      Star of David has six points.

  • Johan Venter - 2014-06-08 21:12

    How can someone join

      Ben Stone - 2014-06-08 21:39

      Ask one to become one.

      Ben Stone - 2014-06-08 21:41

      Danie Theron - 2014-06-08 21:52

      I think you must be invited

      Ben Stone - 2014-06-08 21:56

      It's exactly the opposite. You don't get invited, you have to ask to join from your own free will and accord.

      Willem le Roux - 2014-06-08 22:24

      Johan Venter, 2B1ASK1 :) Masons won't invite you, you must want to become one.

      Jonathan Wanliss - 2014-06-09 04:13

      Depending on where you are Johan. The easiest is Google for the local Lodge and call the Secretary and ask to join. They can then take it from there. It's worth it. Also keep in mind most of the comments from others on here is total bull.

  • Khumalo Saneliso - 2014-06-08 21:13


  • George Slade - 2014-06-08 21:14

    Now the EFF will want to Join --anything involvong FREE they are in for !

      Matthew Patrick - 2014-06-08 21:55

      LOL @ George and LMAO @ Pig

      Venicia Williams - 2014-06-09 00:32

      if they haven't applied already....lolest!!!!

  • Michael Falatsi - 2014-06-08 22:07

    No comment but interesting

  • Mbulelo Sugar Nontlahla - 2014-06-08 22:19

    How do u join

      Ben Stone - 2014-06-09 08:10


  • Gifteddj Pheleu - 2014-06-08 22:20

    That's illuminati, go sell ur soul if u want, bt know that there is GOD n heaven... And if they dnt promise u to go to heaven obviously u goin straight to hell no doubt. Y r they doin their staff in the dark and keeping it as secrete, what for? Wake up before its too late.. The devil has came to distroy n to take his followers.. There's no happines on being rich ;-) its my opinion!

  • Willy Chax - 2014-06-08 22:24

    I wonder why are they doing their things secretly. Why why

  • Phumi Shange - 2014-06-08 22:39

    Lol, Satanism

  • Talitha Boshoff - 2014-06-08 22:58

    You cannot serve Christ and a cloak and dagger organisation at the same time ... Christians cannot serve two masters.

      John Block - 2014-06-09 06:52

      obviously you don't understand the organisation, therefore you fear the organisation.

  • Treasure Thabede - 2014-06-08 23:07

    I quote "we offer no path to heaven" So in simple terms,it simply means they offer the path to the opposite of heaven. Well said in a secretive manner. This has just verified my long overdue presumptions about the existence of this illuminati force in South Africa. So now i also know where some of our politicians get the power from. Lastly, since the secret society or the freemason advocates for oppression,poverty,greed,and war,could it be that these socio-economic hooes that are taking place in SA serves as a form of sacrifice?

      Khwezi Shange - 2014-06-08 23:13

      Huge leap in logic. Imbecilic conclusion. Sad to see when people put pieces of a puzzle together to create whatever they want to see

      Treasure Thabede - 2014-06-08 23:23

      Well you must be there to guide them with your factual and logical explanations. Please do not be sad,it is depressing. Your problem is that you do not read nor do research.

      Treasure Thabede - 2014-06-08 23:30

      And i like the fact you said "puzzle". Well puzzled are meant to be built and make sense out of them. Given the information in this article about the freemason (also taking into consideration of its origin in great Britian in the 17teen century) what is your conclussioor you are just a puzzled spectator?

      Ben Stone - 2014-06-09 08:12

      Well..... joining Virgin Active Gyms will also not lead you to heaven. Does that then logically mean that if you join Virgin Active Gyms, you go straight to hell. Your logic amazes me....

  • Lucky Tiva - 2014-06-08 23:30

    The clock is ticking fast and Jesus return is so near.

  • Lucky Tiva - 2014-06-08 23:31

    The clock is ticking fast and Jesus return is so near.

  • Khuliso Monica Mathisa - 2014-06-08 23:37

    Who is the great architect that they claim to follow.Most influencial leaders in the world were and are part of this organisation. once you reach the status of being a 33rd degree freemason you know EXACTLY who you are serving "the great architect"whom the bible calls the god of this world,lucifer. You cannot partake of the cup of the Lord and of demons, you cannot serve the temple of God and the temple of belllial.

  • maxrainer - 2014-06-08 23:44

    What do so many people get hyped up over illuminati? You haven't even got the faintest idea what the word even means!!!

      Vincent Davince Malapane - 2014-06-09 07:43 mason pray no God..then if u pray but not praying Got who do you free mason youl get all the detail man.

  • toshy - 2014-06-09 00:04

    Nelson Mandela was a freemason.

  • Louise Cook - 2014-06-09 01:04

    DA chief whip. Ok.. Some DA's are also keen members and presidents of Lions International - quite a crowd of racists from the occasional function or meeting I've been invited to attend in a leafy CT suburb. What was particularly disturbing, was that this Lions club met in a small hall (similar to a scout hall) that had been on city council property for decades, and there's no sign of any races other than whites in that particular Lions club. What's more, members drank themselves into a stupor at the cash bar in the building before hitting the road home in early morning hours. Just wondering if CT council property carries with it any type of Code of Conduct? Lions Club members there are mostly ardent DA supporters.

      Matthew Patrick - 2014-06-09 02:10

      Lions Clubs exist for the sole purpose of charity. The proceeds from those 'piss ups' are going to old age homes, schools and animal sanctuaries, etc.

      Andrew MacDonald - 2014-06-09 07:55

      Seriously louise? So all lions club members are racist because of one chapter? Well done and give yourself an uppercut.

  • Sthembiso Mlangen - 2014-06-09 01:11

    Who really controls SA

      arthur.salvado - 2014-06-09 08:24

      Certainly not parliament or zuma. Look a little towards where the cash comes from

  • Sthembiso Mlangen - 2014-06-09 01:24

    The MPs/minsters were busy complaining about the porn shop being built next to the Union building,but never complained about this

  • MultyMoose Musa Maluleke - 2014-06-09 01:59

    wakey still waiting for prove? this should be enough.

  • Muruti Malungana - 2014-06-09 03:49

    WHY SA GOV ALLOW ORGANIZATIONS like FREEMONSONS just near parliament! THIS is rubbish! I wonder why some leaders are demon possessed and Ígnored the masses demands

  • Deon de Lange - 2014-06-09 05:36

    Why should they?

  • Gary Lisai - 2014-06-09 05:55

    Devilish. All off it. Very devilish.

      arthur.salvado - 2014-06-09 08:22

      And you know this HOW Gary ??

  • ian.balt.3 - 2014-06-09 06:10

    It is better to remain silent at the risk of being thought a fool, than to talk and remove all doubt of it.

  • Lunga Sanqela Lunga - 2014-06-09 06:27

    The Kingdom Governance Movement people they did not voted for it. We were going to expose all those evil practices in South Africa . We reviel Ten poin system Charter of Alice Bailey the Satanist google it. Visit our web site Kingdom Governance Movement hear more.

  • Siphesihle Wise Nomzanga - 2014-06-09 08:00

    Our parliament is 'built' on freemansons land, wow! I will never believe till someone take me there, any volonteers? Im serious people

  • Mlungu Diable Blanc - 2014-06-09 08:10

    Western civilization has always been connected to evil worship,greed,lust , satanic rituals and politics as major driving force that has institutionalized injustice, inequalities,arbitrary,suffering and hardship for most humans and material prosperity for selected few.

      Hein Whelan - 2014-06-09 11:04

      Oh boy.... and this coming from a culture that does ancestor worship and believes that killing an evil rabbit undid the voodoo that would have made the Marikana miners bullet proof and that by consuming the powdered penis of a young boy will cure some kind of ailment? HAHAHAHA!!!!

  • Etienne Ipso Bester - 2014-06-09 08:30

    I am happy to note who the Freemasons are and who not. I am glad that all of you have your own beliefs. Please don't judge anyone as only God may judge, whether you are a Freemason or whether you are not!

  • vai.vai.5268 - 2014-06-09 08:47

    If you really want the truth go to the nearest lodge some one will be more then happy to help you .

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