Throughout his life, Mandela was an inspiring figure and powerful speaker who dedicated his time on earth to ending racial injustices in South Africa and across the world. I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination.
The trial was condemned by the United Nations Security Council and nations around the world, leading to international sanctions against the South African government in some cases. After hiding in various safe houses for two months they escaped to Swaziland dressed as priests with the aid of Manni Brown who posed as a tour operator as a cover to deliver weapons to the ANC.
Harry Schwarza close friend and a well-known politician, acted as his defence. After being dealt with aggressively by the prosecutor Percy Yutarwho sought to portray him as a vital cog of MK, Kantor was discharged by Judge Quartus de Wetwho ruled that he had no case to answer.
Following his release, Kantor fled the country. He was to die of a massive heart attack in Mandela's speech At the beginning of the defence's proceedings, Nelson Mandela gave a three-hour speech from the defendant's dock, in which he explained and defended the ANC's key political positions.
He justified the movement's decision, in view of the increasing restrictions on permitted political activity on the part of non-White Africans, to go beyond its earlier use of constitutional methods and Gandhian non-violent opposition to the state, embracing a campaign of sabotage against property designed to minimize risks of injury and deathwhile also starting to train a military wing for possible future use.
He also discussed in some detail the relationship between the ANC and the SACP, explaining that, while the two shared a commitment to action against the apartheid system, he was wedded to a model of constitutional democracy for South Africa he singled out the British political model for particular praiseand also supported a market economy rather than a communist economic model.
The speech is considered one of the founding moments of South African democracy. They were reportedly spoken looking the judge full in the eyes. His statement that he was prepared to die for the cause was strongly resisted by his lawyers, who feared it might itself provoke a death sentence.
In a concession to their concerns, Mandela inserted the words "if it needs be". Nelson Mandela, speaking in the dock of the court on 20 Aprilsaid: I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination.
A recording of Nelson Mandela’s remarkable speech delivered during the notorious Rivonia Trial of , frequently quoted since his death last night at the age of 95, was heard for the first time in thanks to the British Library. Nelson Mandela Trial () It's "the trial that changed South Africa." In the fall of , Nelson Mandela and ten other leading opponents of South Africa's apartheid regime went on trial for their lives. South Africa’s Rivonia Trial, which saw Nelson Mandela and other anti-apartheid activists jailed, was a key moment in the country’s struggle for freedom. Now, more than 60 years later, all of the roughly hours of proceedings are available to listen to for the first time.
I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons will live together in harmony and with equal opportunities.
It is an ideal for which I hope to live for and to see realised. But, my Lord, if it needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die. Harold Hanson was called upon to argue in mitigation. He compared the African struggle for rights to the earlier Afrikaans struggle, citing precedents for temperate sentencing, even in cases of treason.
Eight defendants were sentenced to life imprisonment ; Lionel Bernstein was acquitted. Unsubstantiated evidence suggests that Hanson, in a private hearing with de Wet, persuaded him to commute the death sentence for high treason to life imprisonment.
There was no surprise in the fact that Mandela, Sisulu, Mbeki, Motsoaledi, Mlangeni, and Goldberg were found guilty on all four counts.
The defence had hoped that Mhlaba, Kathrada, and Bernstein might escape conviction because of the skimpiness of evidence that they were parties to the conspiracy, although undoubtedly they could be prosecuted on other charges."Freedom Park must thus speak to the past, the present and future of the nation.
Nelson Mandela Memorial Garden The north and south side chambers will contain carved inscriptions of "I am prepared to die" the Rivonia Trial speech and his Inaugural Address.
In addition, there will .
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statement from the dock of nelson mandela, accused no. 1 My lord, I am the first accused, I hold a Bachelors Degree in Arts, and practised as an attorney in Johannesburg for a number of years, in partnership with Mr, Oliver Tambo, a co-conspirator in this case.
In October Nelson Mandela joined nine others on trial for sabotage in what became known and the Rivonia Trial. Facing the death penalty his words to the court at the end of his famous ‘Speech from the Dock’ on 20 April became immortalized. No Easy Walk to Freedom contains Nelson Mandela's famous speech at the Rivonia Trial; now regarded as among the greatest speeches ever given.
His closing statement is captured for the first time in this volume that states, "During my lifetime I have dedicated myself to .
Nelson Mandela's statement at the opening of the defense case in the Rivonia Trial (Pretoria Supreme Court, April 20, ) I am the First Accused.