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August 23, 2011

The Nelson Mandela Museum a proud advocate of Nelson Mandela’s Values and a preserver of our heritage was excited to be part of the historic re-launch of Nelson Mandela’s capture site at Howick, Kwazulu Natal.

The Nelson Mandela Museum in collaboration with the Nelson Mandela Foundation and the Apartheid Museum exhibited the ‘Meaning of Mandela’ at the proposed Mandela Museum site.

On the 5th August 1962 Nelson Mandela was arrested near Howick after living on the run for seventeen months, and was imprisoned in Johannesburg. It is alleged that the arrest was made possible because the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) tipped off the security police about Mandela’s whereabouts and disguise.

Three days later, the charges of leading workers to strike in 1961 and leaving the country illegally were read to him during a court appearance. On 25 October 1962, Mandela was sentenced to five years in prison. Before his arrest Nelson Mandela was known as David Motsamayi.

“The Nelson Mandela Museum foresees this initiative as an opportunity to mark the footprints of one of the stalwarts of the struggle. We view the newly proposed museum as a boost to tourism and to further provide opportunities for an economic participation of all people leaving in this area”, Mr. Khwezi Mpumlwana, CEO of the Nelson Mandela Museum said.

To learn about the life of Nelson Mandela, visit the Nelson Mandela Museum, Qunu, Mthatha, Eastern Cape. Entrance is free


  • Pitso Chinzima

    I must say that it is good news that the Honorable Mr. R.N. Mandela, one of the greatest statesmen ever is being celebrated in such a wonderful manner. This museum and other related institutions will assist the new generation to learn about Mr. Mandela and his selfless decision to liberate not only South Agrica but the global village as it is clera that his is now a reference of goodwill at a global level. I wonder if his ALIAS NAME: DAVID MOTSAMAYI was not the appropriate name for such a museum. We all know that revolutionaries lived longer due to their alias names. The name David Motsamayi Museum sounds to me as a beautiful name and our people will be able to relate to it just like the 46664 phenomenon. This is is just my personal suggestion not any big issue.

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