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Nelson Mandela Capture Site
On August 5 1962, on a stretch of the R103 just outside Howick in South Africa's KwaZulu-Natal province, armed police flagged down a car and arrested the driver, Nelson Mandela. The former president had been on the run from the South African apartheid government for 17 months and his capture marked the beginning of his 27-year imprisonment and what he called “the long walk to freedom.”

Until quite recently, this unassuming spot was marked only by a simple bricked zone with a plaque, but in 2012, on the 50th anniversary of this historic event, the significance of the area was marked with an impressive steel sculpture and a newly created visitor center.

Designed by artist Marco Cianfanelli in collaboration with the architect Jeremy Rose, the sculpture is the centerpiece of the new memorial site. It is made from 50 steel columns of varying heights. At first glance, the poles appear to be randomly suspended, but on approaching the sculpture, they merge to form an image of Mandela’s face.

Practical Info

To reach the Nelson Mandela Capture Site, head around five kilometers northwest of Howick on the N3 between Durban and Johannesburg and take the turnoff to Lions River. Then turn right onto the R103. The site is a five-minute drive from here and is well signposted.
Address: R103, Howick, KwaZulu-Natal 3290, South Africa
Hours: Open 9am-4pm
Admission: Adults: R25; Children: R15
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