CM – South Africa condemns auctioning of Nelson Mandela’s prison cell keys


According to media reports, Nelson Mandela’s former prison guard Christo Brand is the seller of the key.

On Friday, South Africa condemned the planned auction of the keys to the prison cell in which the former president and national hero Nelson Mandela was once located.

The key to the cell on Robben Island, where Mandela was incarcerated for 27 years, is the headline of an auction held by Guernsey’s UK auction house on January 28th is clearly aware of the symbolism of the key, unfathomably to consider auctioning the key without consulting the South African government, the monuments authorities in South Africa and the Robben Island Museum, ”said the Minister for Sports, Arts and Culture, Nathi Mthethwa, in a statement.

According to media reports, Nelson Mandela’s former prison guard Christo Brand is the seller of the key s.

« This key belongs to the people of South Africa under the care of the Robben Island Museum and the South African state. It is not anyone’s personal property, « said Mthethwa.

 » The key must be returned to its rightful owner with immediate effect, and this auction must be closed. « 

He became the first President in May 1994 of Democratic South Africa and held that office until June 1999.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published via a syndicated feed.)

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