Historic Mandela trial tapes to be restored

Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - France's National Audio-visual Institute (INA) has confirmed that it plans to restore and digitise the recordings of the historic Rivonia Trial that saw Nelson Mandela and many other liberation heroes sentenced to life in jail.

During his dramatic defence, Mandela - who died earlier this month - made one of the most famous speeches in history.

“I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die,” he said when he was widely expected to be executed.

After 27 years in jail, Mandela was released and he lead political negotiations that paved the way for the country's first democratic elections in 1994.

The original audio recordings of the 1963 trial are deteriorating.

INA said in a statement that it would oversee the digitisation, restoration and indexing of the recordings of the trial for future generations.

It said the trial was a turning point in the fight against apartheid “and continues to be a key moment in the global struggle for human rights and human dignity”.

Mandela, who died 5 Dec. after a long battle with a recurring lung infection, was buried 15 Dec. in his ancestral home of Qunu.
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23 december 2013 08:58:33

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