The Old Prison, built in 1862 has accommodated many people that have since become heroes nationally and internationally. These include King Dinuzulu, Derrick R.C Marsh, Moses Mabhida, Kasturba Ghandi, Harry Gwala, A.S.Chetty, Hloni Zondi and Peter Brown, who have made a great impact on the lives of many people in South Africa.
The Old Prison dates back to Voortrekker times, with more than 150 years of history including the Colonial times, Apartheid, the Liberation Struggle, Political Struggle and ultimately to the dawn of democratic South Africa in 1994.
This tourist attraction educates people about the history of The Old Prison. The site was commissioned in 1862, and the first building built there was the monument block, which was later converted into a state of the art, world class museum. This, together with other fascinating buildings and isolation cells is a ‘must see’, as they depict the horror and torture of imprisonment in former days.
The changes that have taken place since those years have resulted in this emotion-laden historical place, (now used as a base by Project Gateway) becoming an inspiring incubator that uses empowerment programmes such as fashion design, computer literacy training and business development to enhance the lives of local people. Skills training and psycho-social support is transforming vulnerable youth throughout the province of KwaZulu-Natal by equipping them with ways to improve life for themselves and their families, turning a place of darkness into a place of light – and hope.
Our newly refurbished fashion and craft store featuring handmade products made by local crafters is also well worth visiting!