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Robert Sobukwe’s House, Building T159
Robben Island, Western Cape



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33°48'13.71" S 18°22'35.26" E

Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe was a prominent South African political dissident and teacher, who founded the Pan Africanist Congress in opposition to the South African apartheid system. In 2004, Sobukwe was voted 42nd in the SABC3's Great South Africans.

(Wikipedia accessed 2019 11 05)

On 4 May 1960 Robert Sobukwe was sentenced to three years in prison for inciting Africans to demand the repeal of the pass laws. At the end of his three-year sentence on 3 May 1963, Parliament enacted a General Law Amendment Act. The Act included what was termed the 'Sobukwe Clause', which empowered the Minister of Justice to prolong the detention of any political prisoner indefinitely. Subsequently, he was moved to Robben Island where he was kept in solitary confinement – his living quarters were separate from the main prison and he had no contact with any other prisoners.

(South African History Online accessed 2019 11 05)

These notes were last edited on 2019 11 05