Nelson Mandela 30th anniversary celebrations City Hall

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Nelson Mandela 30th anniversary of freedom: Cape Town road closures

Tuesday 11 February marks the 30th anniversary of the release of late former president Nelson Mandela from the then, Victor Verster prison.

Nelson Mandela 30th anniversary celebrations City Hall

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Several roads in Cape Town will be closed for two days in preparation for the 30th anniversary celebrations of the release of former president Nelson Mandela. 

Madiba was released from the then Victor Verster prison on 11 February 1990 after 27 years of incarceration. It is indeed a momentous occasion where South Africans alike will honour his legacy. Here are the road closures you should know about before the celebrations begin. 

Road closures for 30th anniversary of Mandela’s release

According to, Cape Town residents are advised to take caution when driving through the CBD on Tuesday, as there are some road closures to accommodate the event. 

President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to address the nation at the Cape Town’s City Hall balcony where Mandela addressed the nation hours after his release from prison. The anniversary also marks the unbanning of political parties in South Africa and the formal end of apartheid.

Darling Street and surrounds have traffic restrictions in place which started at 13:00 on Monday 10 February and will continue until 22:00 on Tuesday.

According to the City of Cape Town, no vehicles will be allowed to stop in front of the City Hall between the Parade and Corporation Street during the event. 

From 09:00 today, Darling Street will be reduced to two single lanes. Darling Street was also closed to traffic between Lower Plein and Buitenkant Streets from 18:00 on Monday until 22:00 on Tuesday. 

During this time, there will also be no parking on Corporation Street and Parade Street. 

Madiba’s time in prison

It’s hard to believe that Mandela spent 27 years in prison. He was arrested and underwent what was called the Rivonia trial from 1962 to 1964. 

Mandela and his co-accused were then transferred from Pretoria to the prison on Robben Island, remaining there for the next 18 years until 1982. 

In April 1982, Mandela was transferred to Pollsmoor Prison in Tokai, Cape Town, along with senior ANC leaders; Walter Sisulu, Andrew Mlangeni, Ahmed Kathrada, and Raymond Mhlaba. 

In December 1988 Mandela was moved to the then, Victor Verster Prison near Paarl, where he stayed until his release in 1990.