CAPE College Teacher Training institution was an imposing building outside Fort Beaufort.
It had beautiful grounds, playing fields, a tennis court and a gymnasium.
When I visited it during the December-January holidays, cows were grazing on the rugby field and the tennis court had turned into a yard overgrown by grass. The Department of Public Works and other official institutions have offices in the buildings, but dormitories have been vandalised and classrooms unused.
What on earth has happened to us?
Have we no regard for tradition and the possibilities education offers us? Cape College was founded during apartheid as a result of the people's struggle and over the years had produced good teachers. Sadly, this is not the only centre of learning which was closed after 1994 when South Africa became a democracy.
With due respect, I see nothing democratic about depriving our people of such heritages.
Mzwandile Sibidla, visitor to Fort Beaufort