Hand over of Rivonia Trial digitised files is historic: Minister Nathi Mthethwa

Mthethwa on SABCMinister of Arts and Culture Nathi Mthethwa has described the handing over of the Rivonia Trial digitised audio files, by the French National Audio-visual Institute on Thursday, as historic.

Speaking in an interview on Morning Live, Mthethwa says the occasion is important in the preservation of history.

“It is historic, it is about ourselves as South Africans, it is about the path traversed to 1994, for the first time South Africans later this year are going to be able to listen and follow the proceedings of the Rivonia trial from the begging to the end.”

Between 1963 and 1964, ten leaders of the African National Congress were tried in the Rivonia Trial that has been described as “the trial that changed South Africa”.

The over the 591 original Rivonia Trial dictabelts audio files were sent to France in 2014 for digitisation.

Click on the link for the full interview:  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eEfQZz02NQE

 

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