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The Resource Young man with a red tie : a memoir of Mandela and the failed revolution, 1960-63, Bob Hepple

Young man with a red tie : a memoir of Mandela and the failed revolution, 1960-63, Bob Hepple

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Young man with a red tie : a memoir of Mandela and the failed revolution, 1960-63
Title
Young man with a red tie
Title remainder
a memoir of Mandela and the failed revolution, 1960-63
Statement of responsibility
Bob Hepple
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
It is November 1963. The white police state has captured almost all the underground leaders of the struggle against apartheid, including Nelson Mandela, and put them on trial on charges that carry the death penalty. Bob Hepple, a 29-year-old lawyer, is making his hazardous escape from South Africa into Bechuanaland, the neighbouring British Protectorate, in order to avoid being called as a state witness. He has acted as Mandela's legal adviser and has been a lifeline to the underground leaders, with whom he was arrested on 11 July 1963 at Liliesleaf Farm, Rivonia, and detained without trial. He has managed, in Mandela's words about him, to 'outwit the enemy', and now faces the bitter revenge of Dr Yutar, the state prosecutor. In this memoir of these dramatic events, Bob Hepple throws fresh light on the character of Mandela and other leaders and on the controversies surrounding the emergence of the South African Communist Party and its 'secret' resolution in December 1960 to begin the armed freedom struggle. There is a first-hand account of Mandela's period as the 'Black Pimpernel', his 1962 trial for incitement, and of the Rivonia raid in 1963. He gives a graphic account of the psychological effects of interrogation in solitary detention without trial, and of the difficult personal choices he had to make. Bob Hepple tells his story against the background of the experiences of his childhood and youth in a racist society. These experiences led him - described by a pro-government newspaper as 'a young man with a red tie' - to play a role as a student activist against racial segregation in the universities, an adviser and assistant to the virtually illegal multi-racial trade unions, a lawyer defending political victims of the police state, and to a lifetime fighting for human rights
Biography type
autobiography
Biographical or historical data
Bob Hepple was born in South Africa in 1934 and was active as a student leader and in the South African Congress of Trade Unions. He participated in the underground struggle against apartheid, and acted as a lawyer for Mandela and other leaders. He escaped to England from the Rivonia trial in 1963, and was a banned person in South Africa until 1990. He is an international expert and activist in the fields of labour law, equality and human rights, Emeritus Master of Clare College and Emeritus Professor of Law in the University of Cambridge, a Queen's Counsel and Fellow of the British Academy.
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Hepple, B. A
Dewey number
968.61092
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
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  • Hepple, B. A
  • Mandela, Nelson
  • South African Communist Party
  • Lawyers
  • Anti-apartheid activists
  • Political activists
  • Rivonia Trial, Pretoria, South Africa, 1964
  • Political prisoners
  • Detention of persons
Target audience
general
Label
Young man with a red tie : a memoir of Mandela and the failed revolution, 1960-63, Bob Hepple
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Publication
Control code
9781431407842
Dimensions
24x16 cm.
Extent
224 p.
Isbn
9781431407842
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Other physical details
ill., strations port.s
Specific material designation
regular print
Label
Young man with a red tie : a memoir of Mandela and the failed revolution, 1960-63, Bob Hepple
Publication
Control code
9781431407842
Dimensions
24x16 cm.
Extent
224 p.
Isbn
9781431407842
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Other physical details
ill., strations port.s
Specific material designation
regular print

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