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Herman Max Gluckman, BA Honours Thesis

  • ZA HPRA A1119
  • Fonds
  • 1934

Zulu Ethnography, BA Honours Thesis, University of the Witwatersrand.

Written by Max Gluckman, the thesis covers the history, way of life and customs of the Zulu.

Herman Max Gluckman

Karl von Holdt, BA Hons Dissertation

  • ZA HPRA A2943
  • Fonds
  • 1987

Trade Unions, Community Organisations and politics: a local case study on the East Rand, 1980-1986.

Unpublished BA Honours Dissertation submitted at the University of the Witwatersrand.

Karl von Holdt

Steyn Report Summary

  • ZA HPRA AG3288
  • Fonds
  • 1992-1993

Executive Summary of the Steyn Report.

Following a raid by the Goldstone Commission on the offices of the Directorate of Covert Collection (DCC), President De Klerk announced on the 18 November 1992, that an investigation into the activities of the DCC would be conducted and that General Pierre Steyn, a former Chief of Defence Force Staff, had been appointed to take charge of this investigation into Third Force activities.

Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC)

Solomon Tshekisho Plaatje, Siege diary

  • ZA HPRA A2550
  • Fonds
  • 1899 - 1900

Handwritten diary of Solomon Tshekisho Plaatje (1876-1932), interpreter, journalist, author and politician. The diary was written during the Siege of Mafeking, which took place during the South African War of 1899-1902. It contains the only known surviving written account of the Siege by an African. The first entry is dated Sunday, 29 October 1899, and the last entry Friday, 30March 1900.

The diary makes reference to entries in the Mafeking Mail, a newspaper which was published as a Special Siege Slip during the Siege of Mafeking from 1 November 1899 - 31 May 1900.

Further reference needs to be made to the Centenary Edition of "The Mafeking Diary of Sol T. Plaatje", edited by John Comaroff and Brian Willan with Solomon Molema and Andrew Reed, published in 1999:

The Centenary edition has been greatly improved from its first edition, providing the historical context around the diary, Sol Plaatje's life and the Siege of Mafeking during the Anglo-Boer war. At the same time it has included parts which the diary omits, and it explains circumstances and historical events around the diary:

1) A letter to which Sol Plaatje refers as "public property" in his entry of the 8 December 1899 in the text of his diary, and which he meant to reproduce, but which he omits thereafter. The letter was written by Colonel Baden-Powell to General Snyman, dated 8 December 1899, and it was reproduced in the Mafeking Mail on the 11 December 1899.

2) A document by Colonel Baden-Powell dealing with the writer's threat to penalize 'grumblers' when their compensation claims were considered after the siege, published in the Mafeking Mail, 29 March. The editors of the book chose to reproduce the document in full, following Plaatje's entry of Friday 30 March 1900, where he made reference to the document.

3) The entry for Friday 30 March 1900 is the last of Plaatje's diary. The editors of the book mention some further 20 sheets of blank paper remaining in the notebook in which the diary was written, which are no longer present.

4) The Introduction and Endnotes in the book mentions earlier notes, written on loose paper. One of these notes which has survived exists in the collection A979 of Silas Molema and Solomon Plaatje, in Aa3, General correspondence, 1916-1920. It is part of a page which contains a correspondence presumably written to Silas Molema, dated 28 November 1919, written in ink. The part related to Plaatje's notebook is written in pencil, and it has the page number 7 written above the text, which reads as follows: ".... applied these remarks in order to pull them together a bit. 'It will take them 12 months, shelling every day to completely destroy a town like [Mafeking]. They will only knock a house or two down. I saw some good rocks down at your place and if you remained behind them you are perfectly safe.' We spent some of the 48 hours in sleep, when it was night, and the balance in preparing shelters."

5) The last entry of 30 March 1900 is followed by a letter, which the editors of the book explain to be the copy of a letter from Plaatje to Isaiah Bud-M'belle, Plaatje's brother-in-law. Although undated it is said to have been written at the end of February 1900.

There are a further 3 pages which cannot be related to the diary but seem to originate from the same notebook.

Solomon Tshekisho Plaatje

Abbe Nicolas Louis De La Caille, Notebook

  • ZA HPRA A892
  • Fonds
  • 1746 - 1754

The notebook contains observations made by De la Caille at the Cape and elsewhere; a list of expenses in connection with his observatory at St. Martin (Paris); and details of the mathematical basis for his calculations, including lists of formulae and trigonometrical proofs, used as an aide-memoire during his travels. There are calculations of some star coordinates, apparently made at the Cape, and, most important of all, a calculation of the difference in latitude between the Cape and Klipfontein for his determination of an arc of the meridian.

Nicolas Louis de la Caille

Lewis Sowden, Play

  • ZA HPRA A406
  • Fonds
  • undated

'Red Rand: drama in three acts', typescripts, 44 pages

Lewis Sowden

Caroline Douglas, Album

  • ZA HPRA A1080
  • Fonds
  • 1852 - 1868

The sketch book includes drawings of the Malays of Cape Town, Khoisan of Algoa Bay and Swellendam, Fingoes of Algoa Bay and Zulus of Natal. Also scenes such as an ox wagon on trek; Wynberg Church and the Botanical Garden, 1852; Umlass Lake, Natal; cartoons of M. Jourdan of Mauritius, 1868 and a flower painting of sparaxis.

Caroline Douglas

Nandhagopaul Naidoo

  • ZA HPRA A3351
  • Fonds
  • 2000s

The collection relates to the events surrounding the court case MKWAYI & Others, often referred to as "Little Rivonia", as well as the arrest and trial of Nandha Naidoo in the Supreme Court of South Africa. It contains copies of Nandha Naidoo's Security Branch police file and the statement he made to his lawyers.
Also included a copy of the police list of items found at 21 Pearce Street, Doornfontein, the address at which Mac Maharaj stayed at the time and which was published in a book by the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation entitled "Men of Dynamite".
Also included is a recollection of events by Nandha Naidoo entitled "The benefit of hindsight: the challenge of untangling history from legend". Here he relates to the circumstances which led to his arrest and a review of Mac Maharaj's references to him in the former memoirs written by Padraig O'Malley.

Further included an Open Letter to Mac Maharaj, 27 August 2019, and published here in digital format.

Reference is made to collection no. & item AD1901 / 35.2 State v. Nandhagopaul Naidoo in the Supreme Court of South Africa (Witwatersrand Local Division). Records of proceedings, judgement, 1965.

Further reference is made to collection AK2520 Mkwayi & Others, Trial records, 1964, which has been digitised and is fully available online.

Naidoo, Nandhagopaul

Department of Justice File

  • ZA HPRA A3302
  • Fonds
  • 1964 - 1994

Bound volume containing a list of people which were held in custody or listed as members of subversive organisations in terms of the Act on Terrorism, Section 6 and 29. The list, which had been compiled at the Department of Justice over decades, was found in one of its offices during the investigative work of the TRC in the early 1990s.

Goldstone Commission, Boipatong Massacre Records

  • ZA HPRA AK2672
  • Fonds
  • 1990 - 1999

Records of Goldstone Commission enquiry (1992), an appeal heard in the Supreme Court (1994) and Amnesty Committee records.

Includes some Sebokeng records, 1990-1991.

These papers relate to the events which took place on June 17 1992 at nBoipatong, during which 39 people were murdered, several people injured and property was stolen or destroyed. There were accusations of police involvement in the crime.

The collection comprises 3 sets of documents: the Goldstone Commission of Enquiry (1992), the Appeal Court record with accompanying documents (1993-1994) and the Amnesty applications with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (1999).

Commission of Inquiry Regarding the Prevention of Public Violence and Intimidation

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