Pollsmoor Prison

Pollsmoor Prison is situated in Tokai, Cape Town, and is the largest prison in the Western Cape Province.

Today the majority of inmates come from Mitchell's Plain, but the facility has housed some prominent political prisoners in the past. Former President Nelson Mandela was transferred to Pollsmoor from Robben Island before being sent to Victor Verster Prison prior to his release. Walter Sisuslu and Ahmed Kathrada , both anti-apartheid activists, were also incarcerated at Pollsmoor. Alan Boesak also served his prison term here after he was convicted of fraud.

The Prison is known for its overcrowded and dangerous conditions and has no sports facilities for inmates.

Last updated : 18-Jul-2016

This article was produced by South African History Online on 16-Mar-2011

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