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Special ritual for Robben Island prisoners

Families attend ritual for their relatives who died as political prisoners at Robben Island.

The historic Robben Island. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Robben Island Museum on Sunday said it was an emotional weekend for the families of the political prisoners who died on the island.

Sunday was the last day of a four day ritual for the 12 political prisoners who lost their lives in prison.

A memorial wall will also be completed later in 2013 for those prisoners who are believed to have been buried at the Stikland Cemetery in Bellville.

The museum’s Nolubabalo Tongo-Cetywayo said the ceremony was necessary to give closure to their families.

“According to the traditional leader, it has to be done over a period of four days because there are rituals that have to be performed each day. The ceremony was very emotional.”

Tongo-Cetywayo said they hoped the deceased would finally rest in peace.

“They died as political prisoners and we want them to find peace.”

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