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David Webster Park in Troyeville, Johannesburg, is a vibrant community area, providing the ideal backdrop to residents' time-out with friends and family.

The David Webster Park is an ideal place for friends to meet and families to relaxThe David Webster Park is an ideal place for friends to meet and families to relaxSURROUNDED by historic apartment blocks, David Webster Park, in cosmopolitan Troyeville, Johannesburg, is a popular spot for families from surrounding neighbourhoods. Named after anti-apartheid activist, David Webster, the park is a bustling, laughter-filled space in the busy urban centre.

Taking time out

On a sunny early winter afternoon, young children of parents from across Africa laugh and chatter as they sway on swings; Ralph Mukanda, a regular at the park, says, "You should come during the weekends and see for yourself. It is normally very packed and busy."

Mukanda, who works at a nearby garage in Troyeville, often plays soccer in the park, or catches up with friends here.

The park is busiest in the afternoon says Sipho Msipa; Msipa brings his three-year-old son, Zweli, to play on the swings every day. The park has been fitted out with benches, swings, jungle gyms, a skateboard rim, a slide and a fenced basketball court.

Sipho Msipa brings three-year-old son, Zweli, to play on the swings every daySipho Msipa brings three-year-old son, Zweli, to play on the swings every dayMsipa says, "When school ends, everyone comes here to play."

Older students also find time at the park a welcome respite from their studies; Innocent Mashero, an electrical engineering student at Central Johannesburg College lives in Diepkloof, Soweto, but thinks of David Webster Park as his "second home".

"I often come to this park to study and check my social networks," he says.

Olawale Bakare, a 22-year-old a mechanical engineering student at Boston College, says, "It's such a privilege to have such a space. It's very quiet and I always come here just to breathe the fresh air and listen to my music."

The park is named after David Webster, an anti-apartheid activist, who was also a local resident.

About David Webster

The park has well-used swings and jungle gymsThe park has well-used swings and jungle gymsOn 1 May 1989, nine months before Nelson Mandela was released from prison, Webster was assassinated outside his home in Troyeville.

Webster was born in Zambia, then Northern Rhodesia, in 1945. His family later immigrated to South Africa. He became actively involved in the apartheid struggle while studying anthropology at Rhodes University in Grahamstown, and in 1965, helped stage a sit-in on the university's library stairs, protesting against the Grahamstown City Council barring black students from watching Rhodes's first rugby team.

In 1970, he joined Wits University's anthropology department as a lecturer, and, in the 1980s, grew more active in the fight against apartheid, playing an instrumental role in the Detainees' Parents Support Committee, supporting detainees' and banned activists' relatives. He was also well-known for his "tea parties", where he invited his guests to work on ways to advance the liberation struggle.

Singer Johnny Clegg pays tribute to his friend at the unveiling of the park in 2009Singer Johnny Clegg pays tribute to his friend at the unveiling of the park in 2009Webster's assassin, Ferdi Barnard - a member of the South African Defence Force's covert Civil Cooperation Bureau – was tried and found guilty of murder in 1998 and imprisoned for life in 1999.

In May 2009, the City of Johannesburg honoured Webster by renaming Bloemenhof Park David Webster Park. Marking the honour, the City erected a mosaic plaque - created by artist Jacob Ramaboya – which reads:

    "David Webster 1945-1989 Assassinated in Troyeville for his fight against apartheid lived for justice, peace and friendship."

This year, 2014, marks the 25th anniversary of Webster's death.