Noseweek Issue #184, 1st February 2015 By Gavin Foster
Never mind the Berlin barrier – now historic Reichenau’s very own palisade has split the KZN community.
When 19th Century Trappist monk Francis Pfanner set about establishing the Reichenau Mission in 1886 as a satellite to the Mariannhill Monastery he’d built outside Pinetown, he could not have imagined that it would one day provoke furious argument. But 128 years later it is the centre of a controversy packed with all the ingredients of a Tom Sharpe novel – and all because of a wall. A pistol-packing priest; a few million rand up for grabs; two feuding trusts; an inept municipality; and a host of outraged academics, historians and bureaucrats all get to feature in the story.
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