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11 Pictures: Here's the state of Robben Island. Is this an insult to South African History? Opinion.

South African landmarks hold a special place in our collective memory due to significant events that occurred there. There's no reason why these sites shouldn't be preserved and kept in pristine condition. Sadly, one of South Africa's most historic locations was recently shown to be in a state of disrepair. Here are all of the specifics: 

As recently as last week, a Facebook post from the page "South Africa is being looted and burned" was submitted to the social media site. In this video, Alvin W Maphalala goes off on Robben Island's current status. In the course of his trip, he nearly choked to see how the island's present government was treating it. One of the most memorable quotes from him was that he had to wipe away years from his eyes because of how the island had been neglected by his government. 

As a jail up until 1996, Robben Island had been a detention facility for a lengthy period of time. To most people, it is best known as the jail where Nelson Mandela was held for 18 years before the end of apartheid. Numerous island sites, including Nelson Mandela's prison cell, can be seen on guided tours, many of which are available to visitors. 

In my opinion: 

More work needs to be done to rebuild Robben Island because it is an important part of South Africa's history and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

Considering the island's history and the importance it holds for South Africans, I ask the South African government to contribute whatever resources are necessary to restore the damage. Regardless of the price. 

As a tourism attraction, this is a good indicator of the government's professionalism, and I urge the administration to take this into consideration. Once they see the site, they'll think we don't have the money or expertise to protect our country's national cultural sites. 

It's up to you to decide whether or not the South African government should spend money rehabilitating Robben Island. Share your thoughts in the comments below and follow me on Twitter for more lifestyle updates....

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