New PDF release: Letters from Robben Island: A Selection of Ahmed Kathrada's

By Robert D. Vassen

ISBN-10: 0585188106

ISBN-13: 9780585188102

ISBN-10: 0870135279

ISBN-13: 9780870135279

Overdue one evening in 1963, a South African police unit surrounded the African nationwide Congress headquarters in Rivonia and arrested a bunch of occasion leaders accrued inside of. 8 of them, Nelson Mandela, Walter Sisulu, Dennis Goldberg, Govan Mbeki, Raymond Mhlaba, Elias Motsaledi, Andrew Mlangeni, and Ahmed Kathrada, have been convicted of sabotage and, on eleven June 1964, sentenced to existence in legal. quickly, those males grew to become widely recognized because the 'Rivonia Trialists.' regardless of their imprisonment, the Trialists performed lively roles within the fight opposed to South Africa's racist regime. rather than being forgotten, as apartheid officers had was hoping, they grew to become enduring symbols in a fight opposed to injustice and racism. Kathrada and his colleagues have been categorized as excessive defense prisoners, segregated from others and heavily watched. each task was once regulated and monitored. one of many indignities visited upon them, the prisoners have been prohibited from preserving copies of incoming and outgoing correspondence. Kathrada, or 'Kathy' as he turned identified, effectively concealed either. Letters from Robben Island includes a choice of 86 of the extra than 900 items of correspondence Ahmed Kathrada wrote in the course of his 26 years on Robben Island and at Pollsmoor felony. a few have been smuggled out via buddies; others have been written in code to conceal that means and content material from felony censors. those are between his such a lot poignant, touching, and eloquent communications. they're testimonials to Kathrada, to his colleagues, and to their dedication to acquiring human dignity and freedom for all South Africans.

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Past due one evening in 1963, a South African police unit surrounded the African nationwide Congress headquarters in Rivonia and arrested a bunch of social gathering leaders collected inside of. 8 of them, Nelson Mandela, Walter Sisulu, Dennis Goldberg, Govan Mbeki, Raymond Mhlaba, Elias Motsaledi, Andrew Mlangeni, and Ahmed Kathrada, have been convicted of sabotage and, on eleven June 1964, sentenced to lifestyles in legal.

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Finally, it is important to mention that Kathy was the recipient of the ANC's highest award for meritorious service to the liberation movement. The Isithwalandwe Award Page xvii was, in fact, bestowed upon him while he was in prison, although it was not given to him physically until after his release. For me, and I am sure for discerning readers everywhere who can "read in between the lines," this selection of correspondence presents a picture of Kathy as we all came to know and love him. Page xix Editor's Note On 12 June 1964 Nelson Mandela, Walter Sisulu, Dennis Goldberg, Govan Mbeki, Ahmed Kathrada, Raymond Mhlaba, Elias Motsaledi, and Andrew Mlangeni were found guilty of sabotage and sentenced to life in prison.

Of course I'm by no means a dreamer who believes that freedom is around the corner, but I say a change is imminent. We won't have the Nats [Nationalist Party]7 for much longer. International pressure cannot be ignored by them. I think one of the most heartening things is the significant changes in United States policy, even more so than Britain. Then internally too they are not going to remain so homogenous as they appear. Of course there is no doubt that they have the emotional backing of the majority of whites.

I am very happy that you generally feel relaxed and in good health. By what I gather from your message, you must have really been in a bad way after I went away, what with your being in a state of shock for 5 or 6 months. Yes, everything did happen rather suddenly and with all the mental preparation, the shock of our arrest must have been enough to upset it. You are very brave when you say you have adjusted yourself to waiting for me. If you continue with your present plans, of course, this wait might be easier.

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