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Nelson Mandela Capture Site
February 4, 2014
yes the Natal Midlands also has a connection To Nelson Mandela. It was the 5 of August 1962 that the police flgged down a car driving on a lonely Natal Midlands road.At the wheel was Nelson Mandela, posing as a chauffeur, and his arrest was the catalyst for a series of trials, culminating in the Rivonia Treason Trial that would ultimately see him spend 27 years in prison. Today this site between howick and Lidgeton is marked by an impressive sculpture.
Until relatively recently, the Mandela Capture Site was just a small bricked area with a plaque. But on the 50th anniversary of this event in 2012, an impressive steel sculpture and visitor centre was unveiled to give full recognition to the significance of this spot.
Designed by artist Marco Cianfanelli (of Apartheid Museum fame) with the help of architect Jeremy Rose, the sculpture creates something of an optical illusion. From a distance, the 50 steel poles of varying heights simply look like a random collection of poles, but as you approach to within 35m of the sculpture, they merge to form an image of Mandela’s face.
This is an impressive sculpture where the 50 steel columns represent the 50 years since his capture. They also portray the idea of many making a whole.
Mandela’s arrest that day was not only the start of a long, dark period in the liberation struggle, b
ut also set Mandela on the path to becoming the world’s most famous political prisoner, and ultimately the first president of a democratic South Africa.
And if you are in the area stop off and have a look at this memorial. And while you are at it pop into the Truth Cafe and have a bite to eat or a cup of coffe.