Series NMAP-2009/3 - Ahmed Kathrada Collection

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ZA COM NMAP-2009/3

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Ahmed Kathrada Collection

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  • 1963 to 1964 (Creation)

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70 stapled folio pages, loose blue cover; charge sheet: 5 folio pages, partially stapled

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Name of creator

(08 August 1929 - 28 March 2017)

Biographical history

Anti-apartheid activist, politician, political prisoner and MP. Leading member of the ANC and of the SACP. Founding member of the Transvaal Indian Volunteer Corps and its successor, the Transvaal Indian Youth Congress. Imprisoned for one month in 1946 for his participation in the SAIC’s Passive Resistance Campaign against the Asiatic Land Tenure and Indian Representation Act. Convicted for his participation in the 1952 Defiance Campaign. Banned in 1954. Co-organiser of the Congress of the People and a member of the Congress Alliance General Purpose Committee. Detained during the 1960 State of Emergency. One of the last twenty-eight accused in the Treason Trial acquitted in 1961. Placed under house arrest in 1962. Arrested at Liliesleaf Farm in July 1963 and charged with sabotage in the Rivonia Trial. Imprisoned on Robben Island, 1964–82, then Pollsmoor Prison until his release on 15 October 1989. MP from 1994, after South Africa’s first democratic elections, and served as political adviser to President Mandela.

Archival history

Both documents were received by Kathrada in 2003 from Sylvia Neame. Kathrada had given these to her at the time of the Rivonia trial.

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Ahmed Kathrada

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Scope and content

Consists of an annotated and signed copy of Mandela’s speech from the dock and carbon copy of the charge sheet from the Rivonia Trial, The State vs Mandela and others.

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Finding aid is available: NMF_LIB-#205201-v1-NMAP_2009_3_Ahmed_Kathrada_Collection.doc

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Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory

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za-com-nmap-2009-3

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ISAD (G) Second Edition

Status

Draft

Level of detail

Full

Dates of creation revision deletion

2011-06-29

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  • English

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