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Helen Suzman Papers

  • ZA HPRA A2084
  • Archief
  • 1944-2009

The collection consists of personal and political papers and photographs.

Suzman, Helen

Letters from prisoners

Held in the following prisons: Allandale; Barberton; Baviaanspoort; Bethal; Biendonne; Brandfort, Brandvlei; Cinderella; Colesburg; De Aar; Diepkloof; Douglas; Driehoek; Durban Central; Dwarsrivier; Fort; Geluk; General JC Steyn; Germiston; Goedemoed; Graaff-Reinet; Grahamstown; Groenpunt; Grootvlei; Johannesburg; Heidelberg; Kandaspunt; Kimberley; Kinross; Kleindrakenstein; Klerksdorp; Kroonstad; Krugersdorp; Leslie; Lykop; Leeuwkop; Lichtenburg; Losperfontein; Magaliesoord Rehabilitation Centre for Men; Malmesbury; Modder Bee; Nelspruit; New Heidelberg; Nigel; North End; Obiqua; Pietermaritzburg; Pietersburg; Piet Retief; Point (Durban); Pollsmoor, Potchefstroom; Pretoria Central; Pretoria Local; Rawsonville; Robertson; Rustenburg; St Alban's; Sandvlei; Sasolburg; Sevenfontein; Simondium; Standerton; Trichardt; Upington; Utrecht; Vereeniging; Victor Verster; Voortrekkerhoogte; Vooruitsig; Waterval; Wellington; Westville; Winburg; Witbank; Worcester; Zonderwater (NB: most of these letters concern prison warders brutality, psychological torture, denial of right to appeal, appalling food, short visits, generally terrible conditions and some are anonymous).

Letters 1960

Includes: 02/05/1960: Letter from "21 European women detainees presently held at the Fort Johannesburg" transcribed on to House of Assembly Cape Town notepaper and addressed to the Minister of Justice, the Right Honourable F.C. Erasmus; amongst other things the letter points out that 7 of the women have husbands also jailed and therefore there are 19 parentless children. They plan to engage in a hunger strike after 12th May 1960 unless they are released; 05/05/1960: Letter from H.S. to the Minister of Justice about the 21 women and a list of questions to be asked on the topic on 09/05/1960.

Letters 1965

Includes: 04/07/65 a letter from Geluk prison from prisoner 110/62 Fred Kumalo, and 112/63 Willie Mkize; 16/09/65 from illegible correspondent who ends with "love" to the Progressive Party of SA — Cape Provincial Office about the "enclosed" and Vorster's invitations to MPs to visit prisons; 2 cuttings: 'The Untruthful Warder', Die Burger 19/08/65; 'Monitors Gestraf na Botsing (uit ons Tygerbergse Kantoor Belville)', 01/09/65.

Letters 1967-1968

  • ZA HPRA A2084-A-Aa-Aa1-Aa1.1-Aa1.1.1-Aa1.1.1.1c
  • Bestanddeel
  • 1967-1968
  • Part of Helen Suzman Papers

Includes: Johannesburg Gaol letter 09/06/67 from Clement Makaluza (?), Sydney Ndlovu, Naftalie Sitole; letter from Greenpoint prison at Viljoensdrift dated 02/12/68 from prisoners 591/67 Vivian Nene and 243/67 Lucas Maloleka.

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