Imprisonment 1961 – 1991

This photograph of Nelson Mandela talking to Walter Sisulu, in the B-Section courtyard, was used by prison authorities as a piece of proaganda to demonstrate the “dignified” life political prisoners were leading on Robben Island. The photograph was apparently taken in 1965 by a British journalist.
Political prisoners, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, Herman Toivo ja Toivo and Maqina Justice Mpanza, photographed at work in the garden during a rare press visit to Robben Island Prison in 1977.
In the 1960s and later in the 1970’s, hundreds of black men opposing .Apartheid were sent to Robben Island for their various political activities. Prisoners, representative of a wide range of liberation organisations were incarcerated on the Island.
Prisoners arriving at the prison.
After the Soweto uprisings in June 1976, a new wave of radicalised young political prisoners were sent to the Island. The last .political prisoners were released from Robben Island in May 1991.
Prisoners arriving on the island at Murray's Bay Harbour.
Unarmed students march against the armed might of the South African regime and Hector Peterson; the first casualty of the Soweto uprising.
Prisoners arriving back to Cape Town after being released in 1991.
Prisoners arriving back to Cape Town after being released in 1991.

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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)

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