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TToday the Kgosi Mampuru II Correctional Facility is still a functional jail with a C-Max section. The gallows, however, is now a museum where you can learn more about the history of this place and about the history of South Africa.

The walls are lined with the names of the prisoners, and the nooses hanging from the ceiling add an air of sadness, which reminds us just how far we have come as a nation.

Did You Know?
TThe gallows at Kgosi Mampuru Correctional Facility saw a total of 3500 souls lose their lives between 1902 and 1989.

IIn 1996 the gallows were dismantled after the death sentence was discontinued in South Africa. It was decided, however, to restore it as a museum and a heritage site in honour of those who lost their lives there. The 52 steps that the prisoners had to climb, accompanied by the wardens, are numbered to give you an idea of just how the seconds ticked by for those ascending them.

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