Escape during the colonial era
Only one person managed to escape from this prison twice: David Stuurman, one of the first political prisoners on Robben Island. The revolutionary, now celebrated as a hero, was considered problematic by the colonial regime, which is why he was imprisoned in 1809, and again in 1820 after his first escape. After Sturman managed his second escape, the British colonialists had him transported to a prison in Australia, where he died after his release. In 2021, Port Elizabeth Airport was renamed Chief Dawid Stuurman International Airport.