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'Mandela, V Verster, 88-90', 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 Victor Verster prison and South African politics between 1988 and 1990, 1988-[c.1997]

MS. Sampson dep. 127
Held at the Weston Library

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

  1. photocopies of minutes of meetings of the National Working Committee of the ANC and other papers held at the Mayibuye Centre, University of the Western Cape, relating to the expected release of political prisoners and the position of the ANC on future actions, 1988-1989, typescript
  2. copy letter from Sampson to Robin Renwick, British Ambassador in Pretoria, reporting a discussion between Sampson and Thabo Mbeki during which Mbeki expressed concern about the approach of the British Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher, to the political situation in South Africa, 26 Apr. 1989, amended and addressed to David [?Astor ], 28 Apr. 1989, typescript
  3. letter from Jim Bailey to Sampson concerning the forthcoming general elections, 22 Jun. 1989, typescript
  4. photocopy of a letter from Mandela to Ismail [Meer] concerning the education of Mandela's son, Makgatho, and his wife, Zondi, 14 Aug. 1989
  5. photocopy of an extract from a letter from Mandela to an unnamed recipient regarding the release of political prisoners including Walter Sisulu, [c.Oct. 1989]
  6. photocopies of transcripts of extracts from letters from [Ahmed Kathrada] to various correspondents, relating to his fellow-prisoners in Pollsmoor prison, in particular Walter Sisulu, visits to Mandela in Victor Verster prison, 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), 1989, typescript
  7. letter from F.W. de Klerk, former President of South Africa and Leader of the National Party, in response to questions from Sampson concerning 'group rights', tension between de Klerk and Mandela at the Nobel Peace Prize celebrations, the role of the National Party in the Government of National Unity and in opposition, and other matters, 9 Dec. 1996, word-processed


  • Creation: 1988-[c.1997]


1 folder

Language of Materials

  • English


MS. Sampson dep. 127

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