A little farther west, at the foot of the central jetty is a statue of Van Riebeek, the first governor of the Cape.
Still farther west, in Riebeek Square, is the old slave market, now used as a church and school for coloured people.
On the settlement under van Riebeek, and the position in it which the so-called " free burghers " enjoyed, this candid Dutch writer throws an interesting light.
" The people," he says, " who came here with Riebeek himself were not colonists intending permanently to settle at the Cape..
An extract from the diary of van Riebeek in 1659 will best illustrate the nature of the relations existing between colonists and natives at that time:, 3rd June.