PRISONER 913, the release of Nelson Mandela

: de Villiers (R.) & Stemmet (J-A.)

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277pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2020


Discusses information contained in previously top-secret apartheid-era documents on Nelson Mandela's last eight years in prison. The documents were assembled by Kobie Coetsee, who was Minister of Justice and Prisons at the time, and found by Stemmet in 2013 at the Archive for Contemporary Affairs, University of the Free State.

Jan-Ad Stemmet is a senior lecturer in history at the University of the Free State, and the author of 'n Lewe van Sy Eie: die biografie van Die Volksblad and On Wings of Wisdom. He lives in Bloemfontein.

Former journalist turned editor Riaan de Villiers worked for Die Burger, Rand Daily Mail, the Cape Times, Die Suid-Afrikaan and Leadership Magazine. He lives in Cape Town.