The State vs. Nelson Mandela: The Trial That Changed South Africa

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On 11 July 1963, police raided Lilisleaf farm at Rivonia near Johannesburg, arresting alleged members of the high command of the armed wing of the African National Congress (ANC). Together with the already imprisoned Nelson Mandela, they were put on trial and charged with conspiring to overthrow the apartheid government by violent revolution. Their expected punishment was death. In this compelling book, their defence attorney, Joel Joffe, gives a blow-by-blow account of the most important trial in South Africa’s history, vividly portraying the characters of those involved, and exposing the astonishing bigotry and rampant discrimination faced by the accused, as well as showing their incredible courage under fire.

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'A remarkable piece of contemporary historical writing that will serve as one of the most reliable sources for understanding what happened at that trial and how we came to live to see democracy triumph in South Africa.' - Nelson Mandela
'Everyone interested in Nelson Mandela's life and South Africa's transition to democracy should read this book.' Arthur Chaskalson - Chief Justice of South Africa, 2001-005
'A hard-hitting and compusively readable account of one of the great state trials of the 20th century.'
Sir Sydney Kentridge QC - Former Acting Judge of the Constitutional Court of South Africa and recipient of the 'Lifetime Achievement' Award at the UK Chambers Bar Awards 2006.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781851686384
  • Publisher: Oneworld Publications
  • Publication date: 4/15/2009
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 312
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 3.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Lord Joel Joffe CBE is a crossbench peer in the House of Lords. He has previously served as Chairperson of Oxfam and worked as a human-rights lawyer in South Africa.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgements
Introduction by Nelson Mandela
Arrests at Rivonia
Escape, the Accused and the Defence Team
Quashing the Indictment
The Trial Begins
The Case for the Prosecution
Unreliable Prosecution Witnesses
The Defence
Final Speeches and Verdict
Epilogue
The Indictment
Index

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