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Nelson Mandela in Robben Island

Sunday, 5 August 1962

Nelson Mandela, African National Congress (ANC) leader and first commander-in-chief of Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK), was captured in Cedara, a small town near Howick, Natal, shortly after his return to South Africa on completing six months’ military training in Oujda, Morocco, and after attending the All Africa People’s Conference in Ethiopia. He was charged with incitement to strike and with illegally leaving the country. Bob Hepple acted as his legal representitive. His trial took place in Pretoria's Old Synagogue. In November 1962, he was sentenced to five years' imprisonment on the charges. He began his sentence in Pretoria Central Prison.

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• Mandela, N. (1994). Long Walk to Freedom. Randburg: Macdonald Purnell, p. 301.
• Sampson, A. (1999). Mandela :the authorised biography, Johannesburg: HarperCollins.
• Hepple, B. Rivonia: The Story of Accused No 11,‘The Road to Rivonia: July 11 1963’, (1999) pg 8.

Last updated : 05-Aug-2013

This article was produced for South African History Online on 02-Aug-2013