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People and Organisations

Gaitz, Chaim

  • ZA-COM-00205
  • Person

Chaim Gaitz was proprietor of Bryanston Plumbing (also called Atlas Plumbing and Sheet Metal Works) in Randburg.
He testified for the prosecution at the Rivonia Trial.

Navian (Pty) Ltd

  • ZA-COM-00207
  • Corporate body

Navian (Pty) was a front company for the South African Communist Party. This company purchased Liliesleaf Farm in Rivonia in 1961.

Egnal, Cyril

  • ZA-COM-00208
  • Person

Cyril Egnal was a chartered accountant, who served as auditor for Ruron (Pty) Ltd. in the late 1950s and early 1960s. He testified for the prosecution at the Rivonia Trial.

Mtolo, Bruno

  • ZA-COM-00214
  • Person

Bruno Mtolo was an MK operative, who committed acts of sabotage primarily in the KwaZulu-Natal area. He was a witness for the prosecution at Rivonia trial, where he was referred to as Mr. X.

Hurley, Grenard

  • ZA-COM-00231
  • Person

Grenard Hurley was an accountant at the Johannesburg Building Society.
He testified for the prosecution at the Rivonia Trial.

Boner, Stanley

  • ZA-COM-00233
  • Person
Stanley Boner was a chartered accountant and partner in the firm Leveson, Boner and Company. The firm served as auditor for Cecil T. Holmes Enterprises (Pty) Ltd. in 1963. He testified for the prosecution at the Rivonia Trial.

Gibson, Peter John

  • ZA-COM-00234
  • Person
Peter John Gibson was a director of Wootton and Gibson (Pty) Ltd., a Johannesburg publishing firm, which purchased the magazine Amateur Photography from Cecil T. Holmes (Pty) Ltd. in 1963.
He testified for the prosecution at the Rivonia Trial.

Kleynhans, Andries

  • ZA-COM-00236
  • Person

Andries Kleynhans was a sub-accountant at the Netherlands Bank of South Africa.
He testified for the prosecution at the Rivonia Trial.

Gowlett, Kathleen Thelma

  • ZA-COM-00237
  • Person

Kathleen Thelma Gowlett, sister of Cecil George Williams, testified for the prosecution at the Rivonia trial.

Minnaar, Magnus Henry

  • ZA-COM-00238
  • Person

Magnus Henry Minnaar, a Durban businessman, testified for the prosecution at the Rivonia trial about meeting Arthur Goldreich and Harold Wolpe.

Tribe, Harry Charles

  • ZA-COM-00239
  • Person

Harry Charles Tribe was an accountant at a Johannesburg branch of the Standard Bank of South Africa. He testified for the prosecution at the Rivonia Trial.

Perkel, Jonah

  • ZA-COM-00240
  • Person
Jonah Perkel was a chartered accountant, practising in Johannesburg under J. Perkel and Company. He was auditor to Cecil T. Holmes, Enterprises (Pty) Ltd. in 1962. He testified at the Rivonia Trial.

Fenn, Ormond

  • ZA-COM-00241
  • Person

Ormond Fenn was a chartered accountant for James Kantor and Parters and its predecessor. He was also public officer and auditor for Navian [?] (Pty) Ltd.
He testified at the Rivonia Trial.

Duckles, Bruce Henry

  • ZA-COM-00244
  • Person

Bruce Henry Duckles was a branch accountant for the Allied Building Society, Johannesburg. He testified for the prosecution at the Rivonia Trial.

Digby, John Edward

  • ZA-COM-00245
  • Person

John Edward Digby was secretary of a branch of the South African Permanent Building Society. He testified for the prosecution at the Rivonia Trial.

Buck, Bertram George

  • ZA-COM-00246
  • Person

Bertram George Buck was assistant Branch Accountant of the United Building Society in Johannesburg. He testified for the prosecution at the Rivonia Trial.

Makda, Ismail Essop

  • ZA-COM-00252
  • Person

Ismail Makda was been employed as a law clerk at the firm James Kantor and Partners in the late 1950s and early 1960s. He testified for the prosecution at the Rivonia Trial.

Cox, Geoffrey William

  • ZA-COM-00253
  • Person

Geoffrey William Cox was an accountant and auditor, practising in Johannesburg at the firm Peat, Marwick, Mitchell and Company.
He testified at the Rivonia Trial as an expert witness for the state.

Ruron (Pty) Ltd.

  • ZA-COM-00255
  • Corporate body

Ruron (Pty) Ltd. was incorporated on 10 July 1958. It was created by Julius First for the temporary placement and transfer of financial assets.
The company's shareholders were Julius First and his wife Matilda, their daughter Ruth, and son, Martin. The company name was created from the first part of the names of the First family's children - Ru for Ruth and ron for Ronald.

van Wyk, Johannes Petrus Francois

  • ZA-COM-00258
  • Person

Johannes Petrus Francois van Wyk was a detective-sergeant in the South African police and member of the Security Branch, stationed in Cape Town. He testified for the prosecution at the Rivonia Trial.

Peake, George

  • ZA-COM-00259
  • Person
  • 1922-
Political activist, founding member and national chairperson of the South African Coloured People’s Organisation (later the CPC), 1953. Charged and acquitted in the Treason Trial. Subjected to banning orders and detained for five months in the 1960 State of Emergency. Cape Town city councillor from March 1961 until he was charged with sabotage and imprisoned for two years in 1962. Fled South Africa in 1964.

Ngudle, Looksmart Solwandle

  • ZA-COM-00260
  • Person
  • 22 May1922 - 5 September 1963
Ngudle was the first person to have been killed whilst in detention. He joined Umkhonto We Sizwe after the ANC was banned and served became a Commander. He was arrested on 19 August 1963 and was badly tortured. He was transferred a week later to Pretoria Central Prison and died on 5 September 1963. The police claimed that it was suicide. He was also the first person to be banned posthumously.

Goldberg, Denis Theodore

  • ZA-COM-00265
  • Person
  • 1933-
Anti-apartheid and political activist. Member of the SACP. Co-founder and leader of the Congress of Democrats (COD). Technical officer in MK. Arrested at Rivonia in 1963 and subsequently served a life sentence in Pretoria Local Prison. On his release in 1985 he went into exile in the UK and represented the ANC at the Anti-Apartheid Committee of the United Nations. Founded Community HEART in 1995 to help poor black South Africans. Returned to South Africa in 2002 and was appointed special adviser to minister of water affairs and forestry Ronnie Kasrils.

Kotane, Moses

  • ZA-COM-00267
  • Person
  • 1905–1978
Anti-apartheid and political activist. Secretary general of the SACP, 1939–78. Treasurer general of the ANC, 1963–73. Defendant in the 1956 Treason Trial. One of the twenty accused in the Defiance Campaign trial. In 1955 he attended the Bandung Conference in Indonesia. Detained in the 1960 State of Emergency, then placed under house arrest. He went into exile in 1963. Awarded the ANC’s highest honour, Isitwalandwe Seaparankoe, in 1975.

Marks, John Beaver

  • ZA-COM-00272
  • Person
  • 1903–1972
Political and anti-apartheid activist and trade unionist. President of the ANC in the Transvaal. Chair of the SACP. Banned under the Suppression of Communism Act. President of the Transvaal Council of Non-European Trade Unions. President of the African Mine Workers Union (AMWU). Organised the 1946 African Mine Workers’ Strike. Deployed by the ANC to join the headquarters of the External Mission in Tanzania, 1963.

Peyise, Peter

  • ZA-COM-00274
  • Person

Peter Peyise was a member of a Port Elizabeth branch of the ANC. He testified at the Rivonia Trial about attending the ANC conference in Lobatsi in 1962.

Kahn, Sam

  • ZA-COM-00277
  • Person

First, Ruth

  • ZA-COM-00280
  • Person
  • 1925–1982
Academic, journalist and anti-apartheid and women’s rights activist. Married Joe Slovo, 1949. Met Mandela while attending the University of the Witwatersrand. Arrested, charged and then acquitted in the Treason Trial. Fled to Swaziland with her children during the 1960 State of Emergency. Detained in solitary confinement for ninety days in 1963 and fled to the UK on her release. Lived in exile in Mozambique from 1977 and was killed by a parcel bomb there on 17 August 1982.

Mboxela, Caswell Zehle

  • ZA-COM-00282
  • Person
  • ca. 1942 - ?

Caswell Mboxela was a prosecution witness at the Rivonia Trial; he testified that he had attended a guerrilla warfare training camp in the Western Cape in 1962.

Huggett, Daniel Johannes (Detective Warrant Officer)

  • ZA-COM-00283
  • Person

Warrant Officer Huggett was a police officer stationed at Cape Town. He testified for the prosecution at the Rivonia Trial about acts of sabotage in Cape Town in May 1962 - October 1963.

Singani, John

  • ZA-COM-00285
  • Person
  • ca. 1923 - ?

John Singani was taxi driver in the Port Elizabeth area in the 1950s and 1960s. He testified for the prosecution at the Rivonia trial.

Nbomvu, Peter Mark

  • ZA-COM-00286
  • Person

Peter Nbomvu was an ANC volunteer who was convicted of sabotage for acts committed in Port Elizabeth in 1962.
He testified for the prosecution at the Rivonia Trial.

Mdubi, Reginald

  • ZA-COM-00287
  • Person

Reginald Mdubi was a member of an ANC Regional Committee in East London in the early 1960s. He testified as a witness for the prosecution at the Rivonia Trial.

Jelliman, Valeloo Percifall

  • ZA-COM-00288
  • Person
  • ca. 1883-?

Jelliman was manager/caretaker of the main house at Liliesleaf Farm, 1961-62, and gave evidence at the Rivonia Trial.

Mthembu, Abel

  • ZA-COM-00289
  • Person

Abel Mthembu was at one time an operative for the armed wing of the ANC, Umkhonto weSize (MK), who turned state's evidence at the Rivonia Trial. He was also referred to as Witness or Mr. "Y" during the trial.

Zwane, Paulos

  • ZA-COM-00296
  • Person

Paulos Zwane was a neighbour of Andrew Mlangeni in Dube Village, Johannesburg, in the early 1960s.

Mohabe, Arnold

  • ZA-COM-00297
  • Person

Arnold Mohabe was a neighbour of Andrew Mlangeni in Dube Village, Johannesburg, in 1959-early 1960s.

Mkwayi, Wilton

  • ZA-COM-00301
  • Person
  • 1923–2004
Trade unionist, political activist and political prisoner. Member of the ANC and the South Africa Congress of Trade Unions (SACTU). Union organiser for African Textile Workers in Port Elizabeth. Volunteer in the 1952 Defiance Campaign, and later active in the campaign for the Congress of the People. Escaped during the 1956 Treason Trial and went to Lesotho. Joined Umkhonto weSizwe and had military training in the People’s Republic of China. Became MK’s commander-in-chief after the arrests at Liliesleaf Farm. Convicted and sentenced to life in what became known as the ‘Little Rivonia Trial’. He served his sentence on Robben Island. Released October 1989. Elected to the Senate in the National Parliament in 1994, then deployed to the Eastern Cape Provincial Legislature, where he served until his retirement from public life in 1999. Awarded the ANC’s highest honour, Isitwalandwe Seaparankoe, in 1992. Clan name, Mbona; nickname, Bri Bri.
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