Rivonia Trial II
This is more comment on the accused. The source is Stormfront which is highly unsympathetic. The comments on the villains sounds entirely likely to be right. It also mentions How To Be A Good Communist by Nelson Mandela a manuscript by Mandela, something that the propaganda industry is keen to keep quiet about. He is an unrepentant communist.
Source http://www.stormfront.org/forum/showthread.php?t=123652 - a blog
Re: How to be a Good Communist, by Nelson Mandela
The Rivonia Trial was named after the suburb of Johannesburg where ANC leaders where arrested for activities 'designed to ferment violent revolution'.
The hideout was Liliesleaf Farm, which was owned by the abstract painter Arthur Goldreich who was able to purchase the farm using SA Communist Party funds.
Some of the arrested
Walter Sisulu, the ANC's representative to the Soviet Union, Red China and Europe.
Govan Mbeki, leader of the ANC and the South African Communist Party and the father of the current South African president.
Raymond Mhlaba, activist of the ANC and South African Communist party who was the district secretary of the Communist Party.
Elias Motsoaledi Trade Unionist and a lifelong member of the South African Communist Party and the ANC - MK.
Ahmed Mohamed Kathrada, an Indian ANC member who became an activist of the Young Communist League of South Africa at the age of 12.
Dennis Goldberg, an active Jewish-Communist within the ANC's military wing Umkonto we Sizwe (MK).
Lionel "Rusty" Bernstein, described by The London Times as 'one of the most distinguished members of the small group of (mainly Jewish) white South African Communists who played a decisive role in shaping the African National Congress.' Bernstein was largely responsible for writing the ANC's 'Freedom Charter'.
Bob Hepple - Jewish-Communist who was involved in the primary objective to infiltrate the National Union of South African Students (NUSAS) for the purpose of making it become the student wing of the 'liberation movement'.
Arthur Goldreich - Jewish abstract painter, born in South Africa but spent time in Israel where he learned guerrilla tactics. Having returned to South Africa, Goldreich used SACP funds to buy an ANC hideout and also helped locate sabotage sites for Umkhonto we Sizwe, and draft codes of conduct for Communist insurgents. Goldreich escaped from jail after bribing a prison guard.
Harold Wolpe - A Jewish lawyer involved in handling the Communist Party's money for purchase of the Rivonia property. He escaped from prison with Goldreich.
James "Jimmy" Kantor, who was not involved in Umkhonto we Sizwe, or in politics but was a legal colleague and brother-in-law of Wolpe. He was discharged after the end of the prosecution's case.
Nelson Mandela who was already in prison joined the trial.
In 1962, Mandela was awarded the International Lenin Peace Prize, the USSR's version of the Nobel Peace Prize that Mandela would later receive.
The International Lenin Peace Prize was formerly known as the International Stalin Peace Prize. The Soviet panel awarded the International Lenin Peace Prize to individuals deemed to have "strengthened peace among peoples". Ilya Ehrenburg was one such person to be awarded this prize for his efforts.
Rivonia Trial Charges
Recruiting persons for training in the preparation and use of explosives and in guerrilla warfare for the purpose of violent revolution and committing acts of sabotage
Conspiring to commit the aforementioned acts and to aid foreign military units when they invaded the Republic
Acting in these ways to further the objects of Communism
Soliciting and receiving money for these purposes from sympathizers in Algeria, Ethiopia, Liberia, Nigeria, Tunisia, and elsewhere.
Sisulu, Mbeki, Mhlaba, Motsoaledi, Mlangeni, and Goldberg were found guilty on all four counts. Kathrada was found guilty on one charge of conspiracy.
Bernstein, was found not guilty. He was rearrested, released on bail, and placed under house arrest.
The death penalty was changed to life imprisonment owing to world-wide protests.
The United Nations Security Council condemned the trial.
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Updated on Wednesday, 18 July 2012 18:38:49