Rivonia Trial

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Sabotage trials in operation
Towards Robben Island

From Protest to Challenge. A Documentary History of South African Politics in South Africa, 1882-1964. Volume 3, Challenge and Violence, 1953-1964, pp. 673-684, by Thomas Karis and Gail M. Gerhart, Hoover Institution Press, 1977.

Statement at a Press Conference in Dar Es Salaam on the sentences in the Rivonia Trial / OR Tambo.

Nelson Mandela, Walter Sisulu, Govan Mbeki, Ahmed Kathrada, Raymond Mhlaba, Andrew Mlangeni, Denis Goldberg and Elias Motsoaledi were today sentenced to life imprisonment in the Rivonia trial which since last year, has been the focal point of world attention.


Political Trials: General

Throughout 1955 and 1956 the Special Branch conducted a series of raids on offices and private homes of hundreds of opponents of apartheid. Documents, letters, pamphlets, even pieces of clothing were seized in preparation for a show trial. Finally, early on

On The Rivonia Trial: Statement by Chief Luthuli on the sentencing of Nelson Mandela and 6 others to life imprisoment.

Sentences of life imprisonment have been pronounced on Nelson Mandela, Walter Sisulu, Ahmed Kathrada,
Govan Mbeki, Dennis Goldberg, Raymond Mhlaba, Elias Motsoaledi and Andrew Mlangeni in the "Rivonia
trial" in Pretoria.

I am Prepared to Die." Nelson Mandela's Statement From The Dock At The Opening Of The Defence Case In The Rivonia Trial

I hold a Bachelor's Degree in Arts and practised as an attorney in Johannesburg for a number of years in partnership with Oliver Tambo. I am a convicted prisoner serving five years for leaving the country without a permit and for inciting people to go on strike at the end of May 1961.

Rivonia trial

Bram Fischer and Vernon Berrange at the time of the Rivonia trial

Notes on Winnie Mandela
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