This historic day: Mandela and 7 others sentenced in Rivonia trial

This historic day: Mandela and 7 others sentenced in Rivonia trial

On this day in history, Nelson Mandela and seven others were sentenced in the historic Rivonia trial.

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Mzansi is rich in history and Briefly.co.za took a look at an event that changed the course of South Africa.

On 12 June, 1964, Nelson Mandela, Dennis Goldberg, Walter Sisulu, Govan Mbeki, James Kantor, Andrew Mlangeni, Elias Motsoaledi and Raymond Mhlaba received their sentencing in the Rivonia trial.

All eight accused were sentenced to life behind bars in the Pretoria Supreme Court where they were charged on two counts of sabotage.

Mandela argued he was forced to acts of sabotage because all the legitimate means of protest were denied to him, South African History Online reported.

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However, Justice de Wet rejected Madiba's argument and found them guilty. Briefly.co.za learned Mandela and his co-accused did not receive the supreme penalty because they were not charged with high treason.

The Rivonia Trial was named after the Rivonia suburb where the anti-apartheid activist were arrested. The police also found incriminating documents in their possession.

The leaders were taken into custody at Liliesleaf Farm, owned by Arthur Goldreich. The farm was used as a hideout for several people, including members of the African National Congress.

In 1961, the farm also acted as a hideout for Madiba after he evaded police by going undercover as a gardener and cook named David Motsamayi.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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