Weekly Photo Challenge : Inside

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From the inside of one of the isolation cells in section four of the prison at The Fort.

The Old Fort, built in 1892,served as a prison and, during the South African War, as a military defense post. With time, sections Four and Five, including the isolation cells, were added to accommodate black male prisoners.  Later a Women’s Prison and an awaiting trial building was built in the precinct.

This complex of prisons held common criminals, miners, rebels and many famous political prisoners including Mahatma Ghandi, Nelson Mandela, Walter Sisulu and Oliver Tambo, to name but a few.

Today, South Africa’s Constitutional Court stands on this site on top of tit, Braamfontein, Johannesburg.Image

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Inside the old women’s prison
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20 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge : Inside

    1. Can you imagine being stuck in their for months on end during hot summers and freezing cold winters? I was in there for a couple of minutes to take the photo and couldn’t wait to get out into the sunshine.

  1. Nice pictures of what would be a horrible place to spend time. Thank you for stopping by and liking my photo blog.

  2. Wow, Jacquie. Touching photos! The first two are such incredible images. Makes me think I can imagine what the experience of prison might have been like there. Haunting.

  3. If walls could only talk. Imagine the memories held in stone. Love the shots, especially the window full of light. Somehow just speaks to me of hope.

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