Mitchells Plain has been handed a piece of Madiba magic in the form of his jail cell.
A kwaai replica of Nelson Mandela’s infamous Robben Island prison cell has been recreated at Spine Road High School.
More than a thousand pupils from 14 schools in Mitchells Plain witnessed the official unveiling of the cell on Monday, forming part of the theme for Heritage Month — “Madiba the good citizen”, reports the Cape Argus.
Radio personality Carl Wastie was MC and kept the laaities entertained.
Deputy Home Affairs Minister Fatima Chohan was also there to hand out smart IDs.
Other entertainment included a performance by local artist Chesnay Fortuin.
“It is about being part of South Africa, walking in our icons’ footsteps. Not just obtaining a smart ID,” said Wastie.
The children were shown a clip from the documentary The Story Of Robben Island.
The cell is on display at Spine Road High to the public and will soon make its way to a school in Worcester, before being displayed at various other venues in the Western Cape.
Spine Road High principal, Riyaadh Najaar, said he felt “privileged and honoured” that his school was chosen to host the cell. He said Spine Road High was also one of the first schools visited by Madiba when he was released.
“We are proud to host this initiative.”