Fonds A2519 - Nelson Mandela Papers

Application by Nelson Mandela challenging the right of the court to try him First Statement for his lawyers by Nelson Mandela for the purpose of preparing his defence Application by Nelson Mandela for the remand of the trial Nelson Mandela's Defence Statement Nelson Mandela's statement from the dock Final clause of statement from the dock Nelson Mandela's notes which he intended to use if he were sentenced to death Indictment (Second Indictment) Further notes Interview with Joel Joffe
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Nelson Mandela Papers


  • 1962 - 1964 (2010) (Creation)

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11 items, contained in 1 custom made box

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The defence line-up for the accused in the Rivonia Trial was:
Vernon Berrangé (advocate)
George Bizos (advocate)
Arthur Chaskalson (advocate)
Bram Fischer (advocate, lead counsel)
Harold Hanson (advocate)
Joel Joffe (attorney)

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These papers were initially deposited by the Legal Resources Centre (LRC). Please refer to collection item C, which contains an interview with Joel Joffe, where he explains the history behind this collection, from 1964 when the trial ended, until 1994 with the handover of the Papers to Nelson Mandela and the LRC.
The Nelson Mandela Papers subsequently changed ownership from the LRC to the Nelson Mandela Foundation.

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The papers containing preparatory notes by Nelson Mandela, together with annotated typescripts, relate to the trials 'State vs Nelson Mandela' in the Pretoria Regional Court 1962; and 'The State vs Nelson Mandela and Others' (Rivonia Trial) in the Supreme Court (Transvaal Provincial Division) in 1963/1964.

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Permission to publish has to be obtained from the Nelson Mandela Foundation, South Africa.

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The Rivonia Trial records of the State, including the dictabelt recordings are held at the National Archives & Records Service of South Africa

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