History of Langa

Langa is a township located in Cape Town, South Africa. Translated Langa means ¨Sun¨, a name that originates from the name of Langalibalele – a chief  of a renowned rainmaker who in 1873 was imprisoned on Robben Island.

Langa was built in 1927 under the 1923 Urban Area act. Langa township is the oldest township in Cape Town and was the location of much resistance to apartheid.

Langa is also were several people was killed on March 21 1960, same time as the Sharpvill massacre during the anti-pass (ID) campaign. Today Langa township is 85 years old. Culturally, Langa is relatively homogeneous, with most of the residents belonging to the Xhosa tribe.

Joe Slovo  was established in 1990 is the largest settlement in Langa and one of the largest in Cape town



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