CEOs are bidding millions to sleep in Mandela’s old cell, South Africans are not amused

Nduta Waweru July 04, 2018

When Nelson Mandela was fighting against apartheid, he was accused of attempting to overthrow the government and was sent to jail on Robben Island as part of his 27-year jail term.

He stayed in a room so small and bare, with just a lidded metal bucket for a toilet and a narrow bed beside which a small table was placed. He was also exposed to hard labour and was not allowed to sing or read.

This small room is now up for bidding under the CEO Sleepout program, a charity initiative where CEOs pay millions of money to sleep in different places as a way of creating awareness about and donating money to homeless people.

The South Africa edition of the CEO Sleepout is focusing on Mandela’s centennial and is conducting sleepouts in various locations connected to the anti-apartheid icon, one of which is the Robben Island cell.

However, not so many people are impressed with the move.  They state that it is disgusting and a thoughtless move considering the trouble that Mandela underwent.

Many are already questioning the longevity and impact of the program, which has claimed to have raised USD 2.7million in 2016.

The other site featured in the program include the Liliesleaf Farm, where the African National Congress held its activists in the 1960s.

Last Edited by:Ismail Akwei Updated: July 4, 2018


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