Victor Verster Prison (also called Klein Drakenstein and later renamed as Drakenstein Correctional Centre) is a low security prison near Paarl in the valley of the Dwars River in the Western Cape of South Africa. The prison is famous for being the last place that Nelson Mandela was held. In 1984 Mandela was transferred from the maximum security prison on Robben Island, a small island in Table Bay, to Pollsmor Prison in Cape Town near Steenberg. From there Mandela was moved to Victor Verster prison in 1988, where he lived in a private villa inside the prison compound. Victor Verster, a farm prison, was often used as a stepping stone for releasing lower risk political prisoners. Mandela served another three years at Verster until his release in 11 February 1990. On the day of his release, press from all over the world surrounded the prison, gaining the prison much notoriety worldwide. Paarl Rock Paarl is one of the three oldest European settlements in South Africa and forms part of the Western Cape Province. ... The Western Cape is a province in the south west of South Africa. ... Jump to: navigation, search Nelson Mandela Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, (born July 18, 1918), was the first democratically elected President of South Africa, having previously been a prominent anti-apartheid activist there. ... Jump to: navigation, search This page is about the year 1984. ... Prison Buildings on Robben Island Cape Town, False Bay (top) and Table Bay with Robben Island (right) from space, February 1995 Robben Island (Dutch for seal island) is an island 12 km off the coast of Cape Town, South Africa located in Table Bay at 33. ... Table Bay is a natural inlet overlooked by Cape Town and is at the North end of the Cape Peninsula which stretches South to the Cape of Good Hope, it is so named because it is dominated by the flat-topped Table Mountain. ... City motto: Spes Bona (Latin: Good Hope) Province Western Cape Mayor Nomaindia Mfeketo Area - % water 1,644 kmÂ² 0. ... Jump to: navigation, search 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) is a leap year starting on a Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ...
While the conditions were harsh and showed the ruthlessness and cruelty of prison officials, the resilience and courage of political prisoners triumphed over those of their captors.
VictorVerster and other prisons such as this throughout the country will permanently remain as monuments to the political struggles of our people.
We are pleased to see many former political prisoners here today, to share in these memories and recommit to the consolidation and defence of this freedom and democracy, which we won through blood, sweat and tears.
ROBBEN Island prison was known as a university for political prisoners in the apartheid days, but VictorVersterPrison in Paarl didnt do too badly as a high school, Finance Minister Trevor Manuel joked at a gathering there.
Manuel was detained at the prison, now known as Drakenstein Correctional Facility, and was one of a number of former prisoners who attended an event hosted by the correctional services department to mark 10 years of democracy.
His time behind bars at VictorVerster had taught him a number of things, one of which was to take the right lessons along with you.
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