Constitution Hill,where Nelson Mandela was Imprisoned First!
A journey to Jbrg,isn’t complete,if one doesn’t take time to visit:
1)Constitution Hill@Old Fort,where Gandhi and Nelson Mandela were imprisoned.
2)Apartheid Museum,which traces the struggle of Blacks step by step to get liberated from the Tyrranny of the Whites.(Don’t fail to see Mandela’s image created in 50 Iron Rods!)
3)25 Chancellor Square,where Nelson Mandela and Orthambo had their Law offices,opp.to the Magistrate Court..wherefrom Nelson Mandela argues his own case against his arrest in 1962!
My reverence for Mandela is so passionate that I cd make all these Journeys..Thank God!
I am giving the links for the famous Robben Island and Aparthied Museum,which I visited during my earlier trip,below,incase you are interested:
Nowhere can the story of South Africa’s turbulent past and its extraordinary transition to democracy be told as it is at Constitution Hill.
This National Heritage site has witnessed a century of South Africa’s history. From British soldiers who fought with the Boers at the turn of the century, to the youth caught up in the Soweto Uprising, to the dawn of democracy and the building of South Africa’s Constitutional Court, Constitution Hill has witnessed it all.A Visit to the Constitution Hill is an education,about the injustices of South Africa’s past while observing the process by which freedom was won and is now protected. One can feel the sufferings of Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela in No 4:
The journey to Number Four, the dark heart of Constitution Hill, deepens the visitor’s understanding of what it means to be placed at the bottom of the racial hierarchy and how the apartheid system made criminals of black men. Prisoners such as Mahatma Ghandi, Robert Sobukwe, Nelson Mandela and the Students of the 1976 uprising know this prison all too well.
The Old Fort
Built in 1893, this is one of Johannesburg’s oldest buildings and was used as a fortress by Paul Kruger during the Anglo Boer War. This was a prison for white male prisoners, with Nelson Mandela being the only black prisoner to be held in this “whites only” prison.
The Women’s Gaol
The grace of this Victorian-style building belies the pain and suffering that occurred within. This is the place where the likes of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, Albertina Sisulu, Fatima Meer and many other political activists were held.
South Africa’s highest court, the guardian of the basic human rights and freedom that so many imprisoned here had fought for and won, also houses a collection of artworks by eminent South Africa artists. A tour through the court gives a visitor a chance to experience a real court case from the visitor decks.