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I am prepared to die : Nelson Mandela's statement from the dock at the opening of the defence case in the Rivonia Trial

  • ZA COM MR-S-010
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  • 20 April 1964
  • Part of Speeches

In this, the opening of the Defence case, Mandela states that his experiences in South Africa and his pride as an African underlie his actions. He details how and why Umkhonto we Sizwe was formed and what its strategies were. He also responds to the allegations of the State one by one and includes an explanation of both his ideological influences and his ideals.

Mandela, Nelson Rolihlahla

I am not prepared to sell the birthright of the people to be free

  • ZA COM MR-S-013
  • Item
  • 10 February 1985
  • Part of Speeches

Occasion - UDF Rally to celebrate Archbishop Tutu award of the Nobel Peace Prize
Summary - Mandela's response to the latest offer of freedom by the South African Government. It was read on his behalf by his daughter Zindzi Mandela.

Mandela, Nelson Rolihlahla