Long Walk to Freedom

Petty criminals and people arrested for disobeying the city’s pass laws were housed next to the likes of Mac Maharaj, who was transferred to Sentele after leaving Robben Island in October 1976. In his possession would have been a copy of the manuscript of Nelson Mandela’s autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom, which the two had been working on whilst in prison together.

Mandela manuscript discovered.

Maharaj had transcribed the original manuscript into his own writing, with the original manuscript in Mandela’s handwriting having been buried in plastic coco containers in the prison garden – the original manuscript was found about a year later by workers who were digging up a part of the garden to build a new wall.