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