Item 3 - Smuggled Letter - Ahmed Kathrada

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ZA COM NMAP 2010/9-1-3

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Smuggled Letter - Ahmed Kathrada

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  • December 1976 (Creation)

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1 page ; 7.8 x 9.3 cm

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(18 July 1918-5 December 2013)

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(08 August 1929 - 28 March 2017)

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Judge Thumba Pillay
Accession number NMPP and AP 2010/9
2009-12-7

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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.

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Access by permission of the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory

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  • English

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Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory

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