Saving Nelson Mandela

Saving Nelson Mandela

The Rivonia Trial and the Fate of South Africa

Book - 2012
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When South Africa's apartheid government charged Nelson Mandela with planning its overthrow in 1963, most observers feared that he would be sentenced to death. But the support he and his fellow activists in the African National Congress received during his trial not only saved his life, butalso enabled him to save his country. In Saving Nelson Mandela, South African law expert Kenneth S. Broun recreates the trial - called the "Rivonia" Trial after the Johannesburg suburb where police seized Mandela. Based upon interviews with many of the case's primary figures and portions of the trial transcript, Broun situates readersinside the courtroom at the imposing Palace of Justice in Pretoria. Here, the trial unfolds through a dramatic narrative that captures the courage of the accused and their defense team, as well as the personal prejudices that colored the entire trial. The Rivonia trial had no jury and only asuperficial aura of due process, combined with heavy security that symbolized the apartheid government's system of repression. Broun shows how outstanding advocacy, combined with widespread public support, in fact backfired on apartheid leaders, who sealed their own fate. Despite his 27-year incarceration, Mandela's ultimate release helped move his country from the racial tyranny of apartheid toward democracy. As documented in this inspirational book, the Rivonia trial was a critical milestone that helped chart the end of Apartheid and the future of a new SouthAfrica.
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2012.
ISBN: 9780199740222
0199740224
Branch Call Number: 345.680231 Broun 02/2012
Characteristics: xix, 210 p. :,ill. ;,25 cm.

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