• Short Summary

    MR ABRAM FISCHER, THE QUEEN'S COUNCILLOR (LEADING NELSON MANDELA AT THE RIVONIA SABOTAGE TRIAL, WAS CHARGED WITH 13 OTHER WHITE PEOPLE IN JOHANNESBURG YESTERDAY (MONDAY) WITH MEMBERSHIP OF THE BANNED SOUTH AFRICAN COMMUNIST PARTY.

  • Description

    MR ABRAM FISCHER, THE QUEEN'S COUNCILLOR (LEADING NELSON MANDELA AT THE RIVONIA SABOTAGE TRIAL, WAS CHARGED WITH 13 OTHER WHITE PEOPLE IN JOHANNESBURG YESTERDAY (MONDAY) WITH MEMBERSHIP OF THE BANNED SOUTH AFRICAN COMMUNIST PARTY. ALL THE ACCUSED HAVE PLEADED NOT GUILTY.

    THE CHARGES ALLEGE THAT THE PARTY'S OBJECT WAS THE OVERTHROW OF THE GOVERNMENT AND ITS REPLACEMENT BY A DESPOTIC SYSTEM BASED ON THE DICTATORSHIP OF THE PROLETARIAT.

    THE THREE COUNTS THEY ARE CHARGED WITH ARE: THAT THEY WERE MEMBERS OF THE BANNED COMMUNIST PARTY, THAT THEY TOOK PART IN THE ACTIVITIES OF THE PARTY, AND THAT THEY FURTHERED THE AIMS OF THE PARTY.

    ORIGINALLY CHARGED WITH THEM WAS PIXIE BENJAMIN. WHO WENT ON A LENGTHY HUNGER STRIKE DURING HER DETENTION, BUT THE CHARGES AGAINST HER WERE WITHDRAWN.

    WHEN THE TRIAL OPENED THERE WAS A SENSATION WHEN THE FIRST STATE WITNESS CAME TO THE STAND. HE WAS PIET BEYLEVELD, A MEMBER OF THE COMMUNIST PARTY WHO WAS DETAINED LAST JULY. HE SAID THAT HE HAD KNOWN MR ABRAM FISCHER AS A MEMBER OF THE COMMUNIST PARTY.

    (MR FISCHER WAS RECENTLY ALLOWED TO VISIT LONDON ON GBP5,000 BAIL TO ATTEND A PRIVY COUNCIL MEETING.)

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    Film ID:
    VLVA3FG7AZG3ZV1ZACR4E0UJ25P3T
    Media URN:
    VLVA3FG7AZG3ZV1ZACR4E0UJ25P3T
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    17/11/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:03:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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