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University of the Witwatersrand, Historical Papers Research Archive Africa Arrest and imprisonment
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Records of the Rivonia Treason Trial

Incomplete set of records of the state vs. Nelson Mandela and nine others. The collection includes the indictment, opening address, statements, evidence, evaluation of evidence and exhibits including photographs. An important section of the collection relates to preparations of the defence. As well as Nelson Mandela, the accused include Dennis Goldberg, Govan Mbeki, Walter Sisulu, Ahmed Kathrada, Andrew Mlangeni, Raymond Mhlaba, James Kantor and Elias Motsoaledi.

Nelson Mandela

Letter written by Nelson Mandela while in Victor Verster prison, to Moses [Mayekiso] congratulating him on his acquittal on a charge of high treason, 28 June 1989.

Mandela, Nelson Rolihlahla

Joel Joffe

A copy of the book written by Joel Joffe, the Rivonia Story, accompanied by copies of documents in Nelson Mandela's handwriting. The documents include his application for remand in the Pretoria Regional Court on 15 October 1962, and a typed account of his speech in the Pretoria Regional Court.

Joffe, Joel

Nelson Mandela

Handwritten speeches and papers by Nelson Mandela for the Pretoria Regional Court Trial (1962) and the Rivonia Trial (1963 - 1964).
The collection includes further notes by Nelson Mandela for his defence. Application for the remand of the trial. Application challenging the right of the court to try him and his preparatory notes. Notes written by Nelson Mandela and intended to use if sentenced to death.

Mandela, Nelson Rolihlahla

Helen Suzman

Collection includes documentation concerning the following:
Helen Suzman's visits to Robben Island and Victor Verster prisons (1967, 1982, and 1985). Reports on prison conditions at Robben Island, submitted by Nelson Mandela and Neville Alexander (1967). Law text books to be sent to Nelson Mandela (1974). Robben Island geographical information, conditions and treatment of prisoners. Lord Nicholas Bethell's interactions with Nelson Mandela. Includes documents about the possible release of Nelson Mandela.

Suzman, Helen

Raymond Tucker

Has documents on
Mandela, Winnie Nomzano 1965- 1977
Record of an appeal against her conviction for breaking a banning order, (another copy at AD1901)
and heads of argument, opinion, judgement, correspondence. 1970 (see also: 21)
Various documents in connection with WN Mandela’s banning orders and house arrest. 1965-1971
Arrangements for WN Mandela to visit her husband on Robben Island 1970-71. Statement by a Financial Times journalist on a visit to Mrs Mandela in Brandfort 1977 Naidoo, Shantavothie 1 box 1969-1971.
Documents relating to S Naidoo’s arrest for refusing to give evidence in the Trial of 22 (Ndou et al.
Accused under the Suppression of Communism Act, later the Terrorism Act). Also records relating to
the government’s refusal to grant her an exit permit. (See also AD1901)

Tucker, Raymond Jack

Nelson Mandela

Collection consisting mainly of Nelson Mandela’s student records, including:
Correspondence between Nelson Mandela and the University of the Witwatersrand registrar’s Office, as well as correspondence between the registrar’s office and the Secretary for Bantu Education concerning Mandela’s registration. Includes the 1952 suspension of Mandela’s registration as an LLB student (1952 - 1980).
News clippings from various South African newspapers, covering subjects such as Mandela’s class of 1946 re-union at Wits University, a suspected bid to kill Mandela on Robben Island in 1969 and Mandela’s autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom.
Correspondence programmes, speeches, invitations and photographs concerning the special graduation ceremony in which Mandela was awarded an honorary doctorate in law at the University of the Witwatersrand, September 1991. Also featured in the collection are photographs of Winnie Mandela, Oliver Tambo, Alfred Nzo, Jacob Zuma, Frene Ginwala, Mongane Wally Serote, Gertrude Shope, Peter Mokaba, Yusuf and Amina Cachalia.
Correspondence, extracts of speeches, news clippings and photographs concerning the special re-union of Mandela’s class of 1946, held in his honour.
A speech delivered by Mandela on the installation of Professor Colin Bundy as Vice Chancellor of the university.

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