Nelson Mandela: South Africa’s culture minister calls for sale of Robben Island prison key to be cancelled | World News

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A South African minister has called for a US auction house to cancel the sale of a key to the Robben Island prison cell, where Nelson Mandela was jailed.

The key is among several pieces of memorabilia linked to Mr Mandela being sold by Guernsey’s – an auction house in New York on 28 January.

Most of the items have been provided by the former president’s family to help raise money for a museum and garden around his grave in Qunu, a village in eastern South Africa where Mr Mandela was born.

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Mr Mandela, who was imprisoned for his opposition to the apartheid regime in South Africa, visited Robben Island with Bill Clinton in 1998. Pic: AP

A former prison officer, who became friends with Mr Mandela, is selling the key.

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