President Obama tours South Africa's Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela spent 18 years in prison
10:01 AM, Jun 30, 2013
10:32 AM, Jun 30, 2013
CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) -- President Barack Obama is touring South Africa's Robben Island, where former South African President Nelson Mandela spent 18 years in a tiny cell as a political prisoner.
Obama, his wife and two daughters are viewing the lime quarry where Mandela toiled during captivity. It's also where the 94-year-old anti-apartheid leader developed the lung problems ailing him today.
The Obamas' tour guide is 83-year-old politician Ahmed Kathrada, who was also held captive at the prison. He's telling the Obamas the prisoners were forced to work every day.
Obama has been paying tribute to Mandela throughout his weeklong trip to three African countries. Obama will give a major speech later Sunday at the University of Cape Town. The White House says the speech will be infused with memories of Mandela.
This is Obama's first official visit to South Africa.