One of two benches demarcated apartheid style for either ‘whites only’ or for ‘non-whites only’ in Cape Town. Esa Alexander/Sunday Times


Memorials that go beyond boring statues of big-men-on-bronze-horses

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Hair speaks of the past, and of cultural heritage. Steve Evans/Flickr

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Great Britain’s Mo Farah celebrates winning the gold in the men’s 5000m at the Rio Olympics. Lucy Nicholson/Reuters


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Family murder was understood as a sign of larger ills. Shutterstock


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