Locals flock to Mandela Museum

2013-12-07 21:30

Nelson Mandela may have not won a boxing championship, but he knocked out apartheid, boasted an independent tour guide as he led tourists into the Mandela Museum in Vilakazi Street in Soweto today.

The museum has seen an increase in the number of patrons since the news of the death of former president Mandela broke.

Poloko Nthako told City Press that as people come to celebrate Mandela in Vilakazi Street, they detour to the museum to learn more about the life of the former statesman.

He explained that in the museum, “people see the bullet holes in the walls, the black marks when the fire engulfed the house when Winnie was petrol-bombed”.

“They also get the opportunity to see and touch the boxing belt donated to Mandela by Sugar Ray Leonard,” he said.

One of the patrons, Mpumi Manzini from Mofolo, Soweto, said she now understood how Mandela suffered during apartheid.

“I also now realise the contribution he made to South African history,” Manzini said.

Zamile Mathebula from Pimville said: “A battle against apartheid was won at a great sacrifice by Mandela.”

“The pictures and bullet holes tell a sad story of loss and self-sacrifice.”

Mathebula urged all South Africans to come visit the museum to learn a bit of South African history.

The entrance fee to the museum has been reduced from R40 to R20 and this has seen an unprecedented number of locals coming through the gate.

Dineo Moloi from Dube, Soweto, said: “I have always wanted to come experience how Mandela used to live. But today is more special as a result of his passing.”

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