Mandela's notes to himself ahead of his sentencing in June 1964

23 September 2014

By Pan Macmillan

Image copyright of The Nelson Mandela Foundation

Five points jotted down by Mandela in preparation for sentencing on 12 June 1964 in the Rivonia Trial, in which he and his fellow trialists were facing the death penalty. It reads:

1. Statement from the dock
2. I meant everything I said
3. The blood of many patriots in this country have [has] been shed for demanding treatment in conformity with civilised standards
4. That army is beginning to grow
5. If I must die, let me to declare for all to know that I will meet my fate like a man