An expensive night in the life of Madiba: R3.4 million to sleep in Mandela's prison cell

An expensive night in the life of Madiba: R3.4 million to sleep in Mandela's prison cell

- Business people and celebrities across the world would have the opportunity to sleep in Nelson Mandela’s prison cell

- However, the sleepover would set someone back millions, with the starting bid being R3.4 million

- The winner of the auction would get to sleep in Madiba’s cell on the 100th anniversary of the late SA president’s birthday

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Internationally Nelson Mandela is known as one of the greatest politicians of all time and many would like to know what it was like to walk in his shoes.

And now, thanks to an auction held by the CEO Sleepout group, local and international people will have the honour of spending a night in Madiba’s Robben Island prison cell.

The only catch is one would likely have to be a rich businessperson or celeb to afford it since the starting bid is $250 000, which equals roughly R3.4 million.

"No auction of its kind has ever been done in South Africa. The highest bidder will win the honour of spending the night inside the historic cell number 7‚ where Mandela spent 18 years‚" The Sowetan reported the group said on its website.

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Hopefuls will have until midnight on 17 July to place their bids and the lucky winner will spend a night in the famous prison cell on Madiba’s 100th birthday anniversary on 18 July.

If the R3.4 million minimum bid is too steep to compete with, people can opt to just spend a night on Robben Island for $100 000‚ which is almost R1.4-million. learned according to the group, a portion of the money would be donated to an New York prison programme called The Prison-To-College Pipeline (P2CP).

The programme aims to enrich prisoners lives by giving them a varsity level education and other tools to help make the transition back into society easier upon release. The group added P2CP is being replicated in South Africa.

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