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Envelope

This item consists of an envelope addressed to the legal firm of Pillay Seedat & Co. For security reasons, Judge Pillay had a family member mail an empty envelope to the firm. This precaution was taken to protect Mac Maharaj and Judge Pillay in the event of an interrogation by Security Police. The Judge could then say that he had received the documents from an unknown source through the post.

Pillay, Thumba

Attention: Col. van Aarde

  • ZA COM NMPP-PC-NMPP-PC-2009/6-NMF_Dcard_V1_035
  • Item
  • 1969-07-22
  • Part of Prison Collection

This item consists of a letter of 1 page written by Mandela to the Commanding officer of Robben Island, Colonel van Aarde requesting permission to attend the funeral of his son, Thembekile.

Mandela, Nelson Rolihlahla

Himan Bernadt Collection

  • ZA COM NMAP 2009/13
  • Series
  • 1966 to 1990
Files of the legal firm Frank, Bernadt & Joffe concerning certain legal matters pertaining to its client, Mr. Nelson Mandela, between 1966 and 1990. These papers detail examples of his endeavours to secure rights for prisoners through challenging the legality of acts carried out by prison officers, his opposing of the state's attempt to have him struck off the role of attorneys, family-related matters, etc.

Bernadt, Himan

Judge Thumba Pillay Collection

  • ZA COM NMAP 2010/9
  • Series
  • 1959-01-01 - 1979-12-31
This series consists of two letters smuggled out of Robben Island in 1977. Mac Maharaj gave them to Judge Thumba Pillay of legal firm of Pillay Seedat & Co. The letters are written by Nelson Mandela and Ahmed Kathrada, both of them wishing to appoint the firm to act on their behalf in legal proceedings against the Department of Prisons. Since the authorities refused contact with their attorneys, they had to use this "illegal" method to seek legal representation. The collection includes an envelope that Judge Pillay had posted addressed to his law firm. He did this in the event that the Security Police questioned him about how he received the letters, he would be able to prove that they were posted anonymously to him.
A second donation of Judge Thumba Pillay contains correspondence and documents (mainly copies) pertaining to the case of Mandela vs Minister of Prisons.

Mandela, Nelson Rolihlahla

Nelson Mandela and P.W. Botha's secret meeting, South Africa: [Still image]

Nelson Mandela's secret meeting with President P.W. Botha. From l to r: General Williamsen, Nelson Mandela, Neil Barnard, Pres. Botha and Kobie Coetsee. Only photograph of the meeting that took place on 5 July 1989. Other people in the photo are General Johan Willemse (Commissioner of Prisons), Niel Barnard (Head of National Intelligence), and Hendrik "Kobie" Coetsee (Minister of Justice).

Ehlers, Ters

Louise Gubb, 1990s: [Set of 10 Images]

-Photos of Nelson Mandela with his grandson Bambatha in Qunu, 1990.
-Nelson Mandela visiting Kwa Ndebele, March 1994
-Nelson Mandela visiting schools, January 1995
-Nelson Mandela visiting Victor Vester Prison which is now known as Drakenstein Correctional Centre.October 1996 at Paarl, South Africa.
-Nelson Mandela visiting pre-schools and crèches on the Cape Flats, Cape Town, South Africa, June 1997
-Annual Gold Award Ceremony of the President’s Award, South Africa, 25 November 1994 Birthday celebrations, July 1997; At the opening of Cape Town SOS Children’s Village, Cape Town, South Africa, 25 May 1996 Birthday celebrations, July 1997.

Gubb, Louise

Smuggled Letter - Ahmed Kathrada

This item consists of a letter written by Ahmed Kathrada to the legal firm of Seedat Pillay & Co. that was smuggled out of Robben Island Prison. Kathrada wished to appoint the firm to act on his behalf in legal proceedings against the Department of Prisons. Since the authorities refused to allow him contact with his attorneys, he had to use this "illegal" method to seek legal representation.

Smuggled Letter - Nelson Mandela

This item consists of a letter written by Nelson Mandela to the legal firm of Seedat Pillay & Co. that was smuggled out of Robben Island Prison. Mandela wished to appoint the firm to act on his behalf in legal proceedings against the Department of Prisons. Since the authorities refused to allow him contact with his attorneys, he had to use this "illegal" method to seek legal representation.

Mandela, Nelson Rolihlahla

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This item consists of a letter written by Nelson Mandela to the legal firm of Seedat Pillay & Co. that was smuggled out of Robben Island Prison. Mandela wished to appoint the firm to act on his behalf in legal proceedings against the Department of Prisons. Since the authorities refused to allow him contact with his attorneys, he had to use this "illegal" method to seek legal representation.

Mandela, Nelson Rolihlahla

NMF_Smuggled_Letter_1_002.jpg

This item consists of an envelope addressed to the legal firm of Pillay Seedat & Co. For security reasons, Judge Pillay had a family member mail an empty envelope to the firm. This precaution was taken to protect Mac Maharaj and Judge Pillay in the event of an interrogation by Security Police. The Judge could then say that he had received the documents from an unknown source through the post.

Pillay, Thumba

NMF_Smuggled_Letter_1_001.jpg

This item consists of an envelope addressed to the legal firm of Pillay Seedat & Co. For security reasons, Judge Pillay had a family member mail an empty envelope to the firm. This precaution was taken to protect Mac Maharaj and Judge Pillay in the event of an interrogation by Security Police. The Judge could then say that he had received the documents from an unknown source through the post.

Pillay, Thumba

Youth Rally

  • ZA COM MR-S-980
  • Item
  • 2008-06-01 - 2008-06-30
  • Part of Speeches

National Youth Festival 2008 ; Video recorded message

46664 CD/DVD Launch April 2004

  • ZA COM MR-S-930
  • Item
  • 2004-04-01
  • Part of Speeches

Johannesburg launch 46664 CD/DVD - It seems Mandela differed from the written script. We will include the speech as he delivered it once we secure the recording of the event.

Mandela, Nelson Rolihlahla

Robben Island photo series

The series consists of 162 black and white digital photos of the buildings and the landscape of Robben Island, as well as portraits of Christo Brand.

Willman, Matthew

Khayelitsha, 2010.07.18: [Set of 74 Images]

  • ZA COM NMFPC-NMD2010-NMD2010-5-NMD2010-5-7-NMD2010-5-7-3
  • subx3series
  • 2010.07.18
  • Part of 5.1 NMF > Mandela Day

Bikers' activities in Khyelitsha with a crowd looking on, bikers being interviewed, bikers erecting a metal fence, Helen Zille with bikers.

van Huyssteen, Alet

Cape Town, 2010.07.18: [Set of 61 Images ]

  • ZA COM NMFPC-NMD2010-NMD2010-5-NMD2010-5-7-NMD2010-5-7-1
  • subx3series
  • 2010.07.18
  • Part of 5.1 NMF > Mandela Day

Bikers with paint on their hands, making imprints, group photos, bikers in Cape Town. Bikers at a press conference, bikers at the Grand Parade and the City Hall – draped in Mandela banners

van Huyssteen, Alet

Cleaning up Robben Island for International Costal Clean-up Day, 2016.09.17, Robben Island: [Set of 12 Images]

* The week of 12- 17 September 2016 was marked Clean-up & Recycle SA week, the aim of the week is to increase awareness in South Africans of the many benefits of recycling (socially, environmentally and economically) and the importance of a litter-free environment. As part of International Coastal Clean-up Day on Saturday 17th of September, PETCO partnered with Plastics
* SA and 140 enthusiastic volunteers to clean up Robben Island in memory of Nelson Mandela.

Unknown

Eric Miller, 1990-1994, South Africa: [Set of Five Still Images]

Nelson Mandela receiving the Freedom of the City of Cape Town on 27 November 1998; Nelson Mandela at a rally in Mitchells Plain, outside Cape Town ahead of South Africa’s first democratic elections in 1994; at an ANC rally in Cape Town; of the jackal skin kaross Mandela wore to his 1962 trial once and now as a bedcover at Mandela House museum, in Soweto and finally Mandela with his lawyer at his house in Soweto.

Miller, Eric

Agence France-Press (AFP), 1950s-1990s, South Africa: [Set of 11 Still Images]

Photographs of Nelson Mandela meeting the former South African rugby team, attending the second round of official talks, CODESA meetings, his release from prison as well as his inaugural as the first black President of South Africa. Photograph of Nelson Mandela signing the new Constitution of South Africa into law in 1996 and Cyril Ramaphosa holds it up, alongside Nelson Mandela.

Agence France-presse

Flow, 2012.08.05, Cape Town: [Set of 173 Images]

Mary Robinson, keynote speaker at the Tenth Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture with Patricia de Lille, Mayor of Cape Town, Graça Machel and Professor Jakes Gerwel, chairperson of the Nelson Mandela Foundation arriving before the start of the lecture and photos of the social event after the lecture.

Flow

Dialogue "Suspect Reconciliation", 2010.07.23, Cape Town: [Set of 93 Images]

Professor Ariel Dorfman in Cape Town leading a panel discussion hosted by Professor Njabulo Ndebele and featuring BooK SA members Victor Dlamini, Thando Mgqolozana, Kevin Bloom, Henrietta Rose-Innes and Niq Mhlongo. The discusion was based on exploring the subject of reconciliation.

van Zyl, Anita

Lecture, 2014.08.09, Cape Town: [Set of 80 Still Images]

President Michelle Bachelet of Chile, presenting the 12th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture on 9 August 2014. This event marks the 52nd anniversary of Mr Mandela’s capture on 5 August 1962.
The lecture was held at the historic City Hall in the City of Cape Town, a significant and poignant venue, as it is from this location that Mr Mandela gave his inaugural address to the people of South Africa after being released from prison in 1990. The theme of the 2014 lecture is "Building social cohesion through active citizenship".
The reception was held immediately after the lecture.

Kritzinger, Jac

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