CEO of Robben Island Museum, Mava Dada gave accounts of the incident that took place on 15 September, where 68 passengers and crew members had to be rescued from the sinking ferry from the island.
A preliminary investigation report into the incident conducted by South African Maritime Safety Authority (Samsa) detailed several apparent shortcomings in the operation of the ferry, Thandi.
This incident happened as a result of weather condition on the day.— Mava Dada, CEO of Robben Island Museum
Our understanding with weather conditions is that the skipper knows and understands their boats and he is the one to make a call whether the boat would be able to sail or not in consultation with our head of heritage...— Mava Dada, CEO of Robben Island Museum
Listen below to hear more of what really transpired on the day Thandi almost sank from Robben Island: