Tata Sindile Mngqibisa

Tata Sindile Mngqibisa
Tata Sindile Mngqibisa - Victim of the apartheid regime
Relative of Tata Sindile Mngqibisa
Baracks in Khayelitsha, Cape Town
Bus from Khayelitsha to Cape Town

...was one of the first victims of the apartheid regime. He was deported to the island in 1963. Sindile was released in 1978, after 15 years of struggle under degrading conditions.

The situation was very, very bad. They were beating us every day

Between 1997 and 2002, Sindile has been coming to the island of his own free will. After Robben Island was opened to the public in 1997, Sindile started to work on the island as a museum guide - voluntarily and out of conviction. It was his dearest wish to give a first-hand account to the new generation of South Africans as well as to interested parties from all over the world, so that "what happened here will never be repeated anywhere in the world."


Sindile passed away some days after we finished the interviews for this film. Some weeks before, when we heard that Tata Sindile was seriously ill, we thought about stopping the film project. We know now, better than before, that it was the right decision to continue because Tata Sindile wanted to talk about his past and his experiences. We could grant him this wish.