Frances Goitsemang Maswabi Baard was arrested during the 1956 Treason Trial and again imprisoned between 1960 and 1963. At the age of 62 was placed in solitary confinement for 12 months.
In 1964 she was imprisoned for 5 years for contravening the Suppression of Communism Act. Upon her release she was exiled to Pretoria, far from her home and her children who lived in the Eastern Province.
Frances went on to write a book about her experiences entitled “My Spirit is Not Banned”. (Photo: Robben Island Mayibuye Archives)
Busy day! Started at Robben Island and saw where Nelson Mandela lived for 18 years, finished on Table Mountain with a magnificent (and very chilly) sunset. Great dinner ending with a chocolate martini. Until next time Cape Town!! .
Getting taken round Robben Island by a former prison of the Apartheid regime was profound to say the the least. Glad South Africa is moving in the right direction and leaving the past in the past 👍🏻 #RobbenIsland#SouthAfirca#CapeTown
Born in 1910, Florence Matomela worked as a teacher while raising her five children. In 1952 she was one of the first women to volunteer for the Defiance Campaign and spent six weeks in prison for her participation.
In 1956, Matomela was the vice-president of the Federation of South African Women, which was one of the organisers of the Women’s March.
#WomensMonth#RobbenIsland#MyRobbenIsland#instatravel (Photo: Robben Island Mayibuye Archives)