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    MR. NELSON MANDELA, FORMER TRANSVAAL PRESIDENT OF THE BANNED AFRICAN NATIONAL CONGRESS, APPEARED IN COURT?

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    LV PAN..DOWN AND ROUND...CROWD
    OUTSIDE COURTHOUSE.
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    SV AFRICAN WOMEN ENTER
    PAST POLICE ON GATE.
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    SV PAN...4 SPECIAL
    BRANCH AND ONE UNIFORMED POLICE ENTER.
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    SCU
    LIBERAL PARTY MEMBER OUTSIDE COURT.
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    AFRICAN LIBERAL WORKER.
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    SV MEMBERS OF
    MANDELA'S TRIBE ARRIVE IN TEMBU DRESS.
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    SCU
    MRS WINNIE MANDELA (RIGHT) AND MRS LIBBY MANDELA.
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    SCU MRS MANDELA PASSES POLICEMAN ON GATE.
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    LV MRS MANDELA ENTERS COURTHOUSE.
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    STV CROWD ON PAVEMENT.
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    Background: MR. NELSON MANDELA, FORMER TRANSVAAL PRESIDENT OF THE BANNED AFRICAN NATIONAL CONGRESS, APPEARED IN COURT AT PRETORIA LAST MONDAY ON CHARGES OF INCITEMENT AND LEAVING SOUTH AFRICA ILLEGALLY. THE TRIAL, TRANSFERRED FROM JOHANNESBURG ON SECURITY GROUNDS, WAS ADJOURNED FOR A WEEK TO GIVE MR. MANDELA TIME TO APPOINT DEFENCE COUNSEL. MR. MANDELA WAS REMANDED IN CUSTODY.

    THE 44-YEAR-OLD AFRICAN, HIMSELF A LAWYER, WENT TO COURT IN TRIBAL DRESS, WITH A FULL-LENGTH JACKAL-SKIN CLOAK. AMONG OTHER ARRIVALS WERE HIS WIFE, MRS. WINNIE MANDELA, AND HIS SISTER-IN-LAW, MRS LIBBY MANDELA.

    IN COURTROOM PACKED WITH AFRICAN SUPPORTERS, MR. MANDELA COMPLAINED THAT HIS COUNSEL WAS UNABLE TO APPEAR BECAUSE HE WAS CONFINED TO JOHANNESBURG UNDER THE SUPPRESSION OF COMMUNISM ACT. MR. MANDELA SAID THE SUDDEN TRANSFER OF THE TRIAL TO PRETORIA HAD DEPRIVED HIM OF HIS ATTORNEY'S SERVICES.

    . HE ADDED: "IT IS CLEAR TO ME THERE IS A HIGH-LEVEL CONSPIRACY BETWEEN VARIOUS GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS TO MAKE IT DIFFICULT FOR ME AT THIS TRIAL."
    THE MAGISTRATE MOVED THE ADJOURNMENT, CONCEDING THAT THE NOTICE OF THE CHANGE OF VENUE HAD SEEN "SOMEWHAT SHORT" AND SAYING: "I WOULD LIKE YOU TO FEEL YOU ARE RECEIVING A FAIR TRIAL." AS MR MANDELA WAS LED FROM THE COURTROOM, HE WAS CHEERED BY A WAITING CROWD OF AFRICANS WHO QUICKLY DISPERSED ON POLICE ORDERS.

    (A DISCIPLE OF NOBEL PRIZE WINNER ALBERT LUTULI, MR MANDELA ORGANIZED A
    NATIONWIDE AFRICAN STRIKE IN MAY 1961, WHEN SOUTH AFRICA BECAME A REPUBLIC.

    LATER HE WENT UNDERGROUND AND ELUDED POLICE CAPTURE FOR 18 MONTHS UNTIL LAST AUGUST.)

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    Film ID:
    VLVAAALML5YA3O7XHUQI3HRAH2NB6
    Media URN:
    VLVAAALML5YA3O7XHUQI3HRAH2NB6
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    17/10/1962
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:54:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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