Robben Island, Cape Town

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Robben Island, Cape Town

During the apartheid years Robben Island became internationally known for its institutional brutality. The duty of those who ran the Island and its prison was to isolate opponents of apartheid and to crush their morale. Some freedom fighters spent more than a quarter of a century in prison for their beliefs.

Those imprisoned on the Island succeeded on a psychological and political level in turning a prison 'hell-hole' into a symbol of freedom and personal liberation. Robben Island came to symbolise, not only for South Africa and the African continent, but also for the entire world, the triumph of the human spirit over enormous hardship and adversity.

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Robben Island

Nelson Mandela Gateway
PO Box 51806, V&A Waterfront
Cape Town

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phone: +27 (0)21 413 4200
fax: +27 (0)21 425 0206