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ZA COM NMAP 2010/9-1-2-5b

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NMF_Smuggled_Letter_2_010.jpg

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  • January 1977 (Creation)

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1 page ; 19 x 9 cm

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(18 July 1918-5 December 2013)

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Judge Thumba Pillay
Accession number NMPP and AP 2010/9
2009-12-7

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This item consists of a letter written by Nelson Mandela to the legal firm of Seedat Pillay & Co. that was smuggled out of Robben Island Prison. Mandela wished to appoint the firm to act on his behalf in legal proceedings against the Department of Prisons. Since the authorities refused to allow him contact with his attorneys, he had to use this "illegal" method to seek legal representation.

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Access by permission of the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory

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  • English

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Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory

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interview with a representative of your firm.
Yours sincerely
N R Mandela 466/64
January 1977

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