Banishment 1939 – now

Robert Sobukwe
Robert Sobukwe was detained on the Island but held in solitary confinement in a house that was some distance from the MSP.
PAC march in Langa, Cape Town.
The four buildings that made up the Sobukwe complex were erected during World War 2 and used as barracks, mess facilities and a hygiene office for military personnel. In the 1960s it was used as a school for the children of coloured warders.
The Sobukwe Complex as it is today.
The hygiene office was used as Sobukwe’s house and a building designated as T158 served as his ablution and wash area.
From 1963 to 1969, Sobukwe, the leader of the Pan African Congress was isolated in a small house formerly used by black warders. He was not allowed to communicate with anyone including warders and used symbolic gestures as a means of communication, when the need arose.
Articles about the Sobukwe family.
Mrs. Sobukwe at Table Bay harbour after visiting her husband on Robben Island in May 1963.
From 1967, his children were allowed to visit him, but they stayed in another empty bungalow.
In 1977 the complex was converted into a hostel for the dog handlers. Aggressive dogs, kept in these kennels, were brought to the Island to patrol in the double fencing of the MSP.

Tour Details


Cape Town
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South Africans
R400 per adult
R210 per child (U/18)

Non South Africans
R600 per adult
R310 per child (U/18)

Tour Times
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