South African organization apologizes for auctioning a night in Mandela’s cell

South African organization apologizes for auctioning a night in Mandela’s cell

South African organization apologizes for auctioning a night in Mandela’s cell

The annual CEO Sleepout initiative, which raises money for various charities, said on Wednesday that the highest bidder would spend a night in Mandela's cell on Robben Island, where he spent much of his 27-year incarceration.

RIM expressed outrage yesterday and denied any knowledge of the auction, which the CEO SleepOut started at a bid of R3.4 million. It has already attracted three bids, reaching R4.1m, with the sale set to close on July 16, two days before what would have been Madiba's centenary.

The CEO SleepOut raises money for the homeless and had offered the highest bidder a night in the cell on Robben Island, where the anti-apartheid leader and Nobel Peace Prize victor spent 18 years. We're saddened that Nelson Mandela's legacy is being exploited in this way. "The preservation of our heritage is non negotiable".

"The CEO SleepOut project was given access to all the maximum-security jail cells for the event".

The Robben Island Museum, however, says that no permission of any kind was given.

Ramaboa said they were unhappy to find out about the auction through the public domain.

The trustees said they were approached by an global consortium in mid-June, which proposed that the date of the Robben Island edition of The SleepOut be moved to later in the year. No exclusivity was on offer as outlined in the draft contract. "In March 2018, The CEO SleepOut Trustees visited Robben Island to meet with the Robben Island Board", the statement read.

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A charity that planned to auction a night in Nelson Mandela's prison cell was locked in a bitter dispute on Thursday with the museum that maintains the historic site.

While it is unclear if the event is going ahead‚ the trustees emphasised their goal was to raise funds for deserving causes.

However, she says there was no agreement or discussion that it would be a sleepover in Nelson Mandela's cell.

"The SleepOut Trust held a meeting with this worldwide consortium on 18 June 2018 to explore strategic alliances for possible collaboration and a decision was made by the trustees to move the date of the event".

They could also use the Robben Island ferries, access to their vehicles on the island, access to their tour guides - who are all former prisoners, access to water and electricity and access to the lime quarry and a night tour of the island, they said.

A portion of the funds raised from this auction will be awarded to the Prison-To-College Pipeline (P2CP), an innovative education programme that was begun in NY, the group said.

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