Mandela’s capture recalled at Old Prison

2017-08-30 06:02
Gateway Christian School pupils (left, from back) Nqobile Bhengu, Sisanda Jali, Siphokazi Ndlovu, and (right, from back) Nokwanda Ngubane, Nosipho Buku, Asanda Shangase and Thando Ntuli, who played the prison cooks in the re-enactment.

Gateway Christian School pupils (left, from back) Nqobile Bhengu, Sisanda Jali, Siphokazi Ndlovu, and (right, from back) Nokwanda Ngubane, Nosipho Buku, Asanda Shangase and Thando Ntuli, who played the prison cooks in the re-enactment.

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THE Nelson Mandela Museum hosted Gateway Christian School pupils and the community at the Pietermaritzburg Old Prison on Friday, August 25, who took part in a drama that recalled the arrest of Nelson Mandela in Howick in 1962.

Museum staff and guests were given roles to dramatise his arrest and his overnight detention at the Old Prison before he was sent to Pretoria.

The museum CEO, Bonke Tyhulu, said the aim was to remind people about the struggles of the past and link them with the present so that they draw lessons from past experiences to better prepare for their future.

“By reliving this past we better understand the emotional, physical and economic sacrifices made by the likes of Nelson Mandela,” Tyhulu said.

He said the role playing and re-enactment of Mandela’s capture would instil Mandela’s values in this generation.

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