media and communication centre

Early 1800's - "Makana" was a Xhosa chief who drowned whilst trying to excapse from Robben Island during the early years of imprisonment. February 1995 - At a reunion of ex-political prisoners on Robben Island, exp- President Nelson Mandela called for the formation of an "Ex-Political Prisoners Committee".



    To benefit South African ex-political prisoners and their dependants in South Africa by improving their educational, social, health and economic status and attending to their basic human needs and well-being in South Africa; To establish and promote local and international interaction between persons and organizations whose objects are similar to those of the Association; To hold such other interests as the Association in its absolute and sole discretion may decide upon for the benefit of ex-political prisoners’ and their dependants. To do research, conferences, symposiums, seminars and forums, and arrange for the presentation of lectures on matters and problems of interest to members. To collect, compare, co-ordinate and disseminate data, ideas, knowledge, methods and techniques by any suitable means for the purposes of improving and promoting efficiency

    Lessons Learned: Nelson Mandela's Release from Prison


  • Our Status

    The EPPA is independent and impartial to party politics. Membership span over many generations of struggle from the 60s to early 90s. National presence in 9 provinces and regions of South Africa.

  • Oral history and sound archive

    This archival collection includes recordings of many interviews with ex-political prisoners, former exiles and political activists; radio broadcasts of Radio Freedom; and unique recordings of speeches and lectures.Key collections in this archive include extensive records of political and labour organisations; the personal papers of leading political figures, including Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Ahmed Kathrada; and many records of recreational and education activities of prisoners on the Island.