Beyond the Fence
For Mandela and the other prisoners of Robben Island, the fence was the cold, hard crystallisation of all the obstacles standing between the them and the world they dreamed of: a world free from injustice and discrimination. It was on Robben Island, amongst the limestone quarry and under the ever watchful eye of the guard tower, that the seeds for freedom flowered amongst these men. From within the constraints of the fence, they envisioned the democratic South Africa that they would one day build. They were separated from the reality of a free and equal South Africa, but they would not give up hope. Their bodies may have been in prison, but their minds and hearts refused to be confined. This isn’t merely a fence. It’s a powerful reminder of our country’s greatest story. One where brave heroes were held captive behind fences, so we may be free to live a lifetime beyond them.