Johannesburg - As part of the celebrations of the 20th anniversary of former President Nelson Mandela's release, the Victor Verster Prison has been named a memorial site.
"The Victor Verster Prison will be considered a memorial site which depicts the experience of the struggle for liberation in South Africa," National Heritage Council CEO Sonwabile Mancotywa announced on Wednesday.
The prison outside the town of Paarl, which is now known as the Drakenstein Correctional Centre, is where Mandela spent the last years of his 27-year-long imprisonment.
Mancotywa said the prison will affirm and assert the liberation heritage which will be showcased not only to South Africans but to international visitors.
Briefing the media on the eve of the commemoration of Mandela's release, Mancotywa said the house will receive world status recognition as a heritage property of universal value when it is finally listed by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) as part of the National Liberation Heritage Route (NLHR).
Through the NLHR, the council hopes to restore all significant accounts of events, places, epochs and individuals.