Collection 029 - Rivonia Trial

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ZA MR-RT-029

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Rivonia Trial

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  • 1963 - 1964 (Accumulation)

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4 reels ; Microfilm

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UNISA bought the microfilm from CAMP (Cooperative Africana Microfilm Project). These were transferred from the Archives and Special Collections.

Reel FI4059:


  • Starts on list of evidence and exhibits (incomplete)
  • Charge
  • First indictment
  • Annexure B to Indictment: The defence request for further particulars and State's reply thereto Part I and II
  • Notice of application to quash indictment (27 October 1963)
  • Heads of argument re application to quash by Bram Fischer and Percy Yutar's reply
  • Second indictment
  • Annexure A to indictment: Particulars to the counts set out in the indictment
  • Annexure C
  • Annexure B
  • Notice to quash (22 November 1963)
  • Heads of argument
  • Bail applications of Bernstein and Kantor and judgment on application
  • Opening address by Percy Yutar
  • Index to state witnesses and exhibits
  • Statements by witnesses including, amongst others, Makda, Mtolo, Davids, Mashiloane, Sulliman, Jaantjies, Jelliman. Card
  • Notes on state witnesses evidence taken by defence (volumes 1-4 and extra piece in volume 5). Incomplete.

Reel FI4060:


  • Continuation of witness statements including Mtolo,
  • Notes on state witnesses evidence taken by defence
  • Record of state witnesses in regard to James Kantor: Makda, Gibson, Kleynhans, Cox, First, Fenn, van Rensburg
  • Analysis of state evidence by defence
  • Defence opening address and Nelson Mandela's (sic) Statement from the Dock
  • Walter Sisulu's evidence volume 1 (p.1-155), volume 2 (p. 156-296)

Reel FI4061:


  • Walter Sisulu's evidence volume 3 (p. 297-356), volume 4 (p. 357-464)
  • Ahmed Kathrada's evidence
  • Raymond Mhlaba's evidence
  • Lionel Bernstein's evidence (with notes)
  • Denis Goldberg's evidence and cross examination by Mr Krog
  • Govan Mbeki's evidence (includes notes passed between defence (?) team

FI4062:


  • Elias Motsoaledi's statement (4 pages)
  • Andrew Mlangeni's statement
  • Analysis of defence evidence and notes on argument
  • Judgement
  • Evidence in mitigation of sentence and judgement on sentence
  • Photographs of Rivonia
  • Index of accused and co-conspirators and photographs
  • Plans of Mountain view and Liliesleaf Farm
  • List of documents found by police in raids
  • Statement prepared by Nelson Mandela in his handwriting
  • Evidence prepared by Sisulu in his handwriting
  • Handwritten statement prepared by Sisulu in event of receiving the death sentence

It appears that these microfilms are a defence set and, according to the archivist, the originals came from Joel Joffe. However, they are not identical to the defence set of trial records at Wits (AD1844). That set contains some material that these microfilm do not and this set contains some material that Wits' does not (most notably, Sisulu's evidence and Goldberg's evidence are both complete in UNISA's and not at Wits). The reason for the differences are not known.

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Unrestricted. Contact repository to book microfilm reading machine.

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