Robben Island

Spark - Ex Political Prisoner

Spark – Ex Political Prisoner

“This is the safest place in the world. No crime, no hijack, no police station.”

– Spark, an ex-political prisoner and our guide at Robben Island, on why he chooses to call the prison island his home.


Robben Island: Robben Island was used at various times between the 17th century and the 20th century as a prison, a hospital for socially unacceptable groups, and a military base. Its buildings, and in particular those of the late 20th century maximum security prison for political prisoners, testify to the way in which democracy and freedom triumphed over oppression and racism. More details here.