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'Mandela, Pollsmoor 86-9 (Internal)', photocopies and transcripts of letters written by and relating to Mandela, copies of press and journal articles, and other papers relating to Mandela's time in Pollsmoor Prison and South African politics between 1984 and 1989, 1984-[c.1998]

MS. Sampson dep. 126
Held at the Weston Library

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From a bundle entitled 'Mandela 82-89, Pollsmoor + V Verster'.

  1. photocopy of a report of a visit to Mandela by Professor H.W. van der Merwe, Director of the Centre for Intergroup Studies at the University of Cape Town, on 8 Oct. 1984, and related papers, from documents at the University of Cape Town Libraries, 1984, typescript
  2. photocopy of a letter from 'Dalibunga' [Mandela] to 'Ngubengcuka' [the name of a 19th century king of the Thembu people, used to address Kaiser Matanzima] in response to information that Matanzima has refused to visit Mandela following his refusal of a request for a visit by Matanzima the previous year, and warning Matanzima against using their relationship to involve the ANC in Bantustan politics, 19 May 1986
  3. press cuttings and photocopies of press articles relating to statements about 'necklacing', the practice of placing a tyre filled with petrol around a person's neck and setting it alight, made by Winnie Mandela, Oliver Tambo and Alfred Nzo, General Secretary of the ANC, with a letter from Nicholas Bethell, the British Conservative peer who had visited Mandela in 1985, to Sampson asking him to convey to Oliver Tambo Bethell's anxiety about the matter, 1986
  4. photocopies of transcripts of extracts from letters from [Ahmed Kathrada] to various correspondents, relating to his relationships with his fellow-prisoners, Mandela's health, and other matters, possibly compiled for publication in Robert Vassen (ed.) Letters from Robben Island: A Selection of Ahmed Kathrada's Prison Correspondence (USA: Michigan State University Press, 1999), 1986-8, typescript
  5. papers and photocopies of papers relating to the work of the Commonwealth Eminent Persons Group on South Africa, set up in 1985 to seek a political settlement, [c.1986-1995], printed and typescript
  6. notes taken by Sampson from letters written and received by Mandela between 1985 and 1988 held in the ANC archive, [c.1997]
  7. notes taken by Sampson from various documents relating to Mandela during the period 1982-1997 and drafts of parts of his biography of Mandela, [c.1998], typescript


  • Creation: 1984-[c.1998]


1 folder

Language of Materials

  • English


MS. Sampson dep. 126

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