Solomon’s Tem­ple cel­e­brated the cir­cle of life

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - COMMENT - Brian Isaacs Chair­man Western Cape Par­ent Teacher Stu­dent Fo­rum Mike Thur­good Mil­ner­ton Steven Molteno Cape Town

IN YOUR “Then and Now” fea­ture, you wrote about the lit­tle round church in Sea Point. Be­lieve it or not, this was built in 1878 by the founder of the Cape Ar­gus.

It was for­mally named “St John’s” but was more com­monly known, hu­mourously, by Sea Point lo­cals as “Solomon’s Tem­ple” be­cause it was fi­nanced and built by the bril- liant and pro­gres­sive politi­cian Saul Solomon.

Phys­i­cally, Solomon was a midget, but he was a gi­ant of the mind, the power be­hind the early Cape govern­ment and a strong sup­porter of po­lit­i­cal rights for women and for black Africans in the early Cape Colony.

Solomon lived in Sea Point, in Clarensville house. He built the round church as a non-sec­tar­ian place of wor­ship, and it was round so that no de­nom­i­na­tion could seg­re­gate it­self into a cor­ner.

Solomon was Jewish and he was orig­i­nally from the is­land of St He­lena. How­ever, he ab­horred sec­tar­ian di­vi­sions (as he did racial ones) and he at­tended churches and mosques as of­ten as he did syna- like id­iots. Why do politi­cians think we should have re­spect for them when they are leeches of so­ci­ety?

Please don’t let the govern­ment get their hands on the lot­tery. – Peter.

What a dis­grace to read that the deputy speaker in the leg­is­la­ture al­lows a mem­ber to con­tinue de­fam­ing the DA. No won­der the pub­lic is un­ruly, throw­ing poo. You are all a dis­grace. – De­siree

Tony Ehren­re­ich and his com­rade Xolani ac­cuse the DA of ly­ing about the cap­i­tal bud­get spend­ing but want a week to ex­plain their com­ments. They first need to find out what a bud­get is be­cause in the ANC they don’t work with bud­gets – only spend­ing and col­lect­ing tax to spend more.

Tony Ehren­re­ich, Mar­ius Frans­man, and Min­is­ter Nathi Mthethwa, what do you say now about the va­grant who died in po­lice cus­tody? I re­call the busker mak­ing head­lines. Is this not po­lice bru­tal­ity? Or is theirs con­doned and what the City of Cape Town does, high­lighted? En­light­ened vot­ers will not vote for the ANC which tries hard to em­u­late Madiba but will never come near him for his hon­ourable eth­i­cal be­hav­iour.

Zuma opens two new uni­ver­si­ties, yet we can­not get text­books to schools. gogues. He was a true free thinker.

This gen­tle and en­light­ened man would have been the Des­mond Tutu of his day; I think he should be cel­e­brated, and the Cape Ar­gus (as his cre­ation) would be su­perbly placed to do so.

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