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ROBBEN IS­LAND Ar­guably the best-known site of an is­land prison in the world, this blip of land just 14km off Cape Town’s coast was once a leper colony and later a mil­i­tary base be­fore be­com­ing “home” to SA’s cap­tured strug­gle elite. It was de­clared a her­itage site in 1999. “Robben Is­land and its prison build­ings sym­bol­ise the tri­umph of the hu­man spirit, of free­dom and of democ­racy over op­pres­sion,” Unesco said in a state­ment.

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