Series NMPP 2011/1 - Legal documents from Nelson Mandela and OR Tambo at the National Archives

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ZA COM NMPP 2011/1


Legal documents from Nelson Mandela and OR Tambo at the National Archives


  • 1950s (Creation)

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2 CDs

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(27 October 1917-24 April 1993)

Biographical history

Lawyer, politician and anti-apartheid activist. Leading member of the ANC and founder member of the ANCYL. Co-founder, with Mandela, of South Africa’s only African legal practice in the 1950s. Became secretary general of the ANC after Walter Sisulu was banned, and deputy president of the ANC, 1958. Served with a five-year banning order, 1959. Left South Africa during the 1960s to manage the external activities of the ANC and to mobilise opposition against apartheid. Established military training camps outside South Africa. Initiated the Free Mandela Campaign in the 1980s. Acting president of the ANC, 1967, after the death of Chief Albert Luthuli. Was elected president in 1969 at the Morogoro Conference, a post he held until 1991 when he became the ANC’s national chairperson. Awarded the ANC’s highest honour, Isitwalandwe Seaparankoe, in 1992.

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Trace/Razia Saleh

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Scans of legal documents from Nelson Mandela and OR Tambo from the trial in the 1950s.

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Access by permission of the Nelson Mandela Foundation.
Some materials may contain personal or confidential information. Access to these materials may be restricted as stipulated by legislation, Archives policy, or the donor. Please consult the archivist for details.

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Permission of copyright holder required.
© National Archives and Records Service of South Africa

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Digitised Archival Materials Inventory DA 0009

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Originals held at the National Archives and Records Service of South Africa.

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Description updated by Myeka, Zandile on 2020-03-12


  • English



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