Historical records like Rivonia trial documents could be destroyed – Nzimande
Johannesburg – Important historical records, like the draft copy of former president Nelson Mandela's Rivonia trial speech, which are housed in most universities, are in danger of being destroyed by violent fringe groups, said Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande.
Nzimande, with Police Minister Nathi Nhleko, toured the Wits University library which houses the original court documents from the Rivonia trial.
“We came to this library just to share why it is dangerous to destroy university property... We saw some of the things that are housed here and one of them is the court records of the Rivonia trial including even the draft by President Mandela when he was preparing his famous speech in the Rivonia trial," Nzimande told reporters.
"These are the things that are in danger of being destroyed. We need to protect these records."
Nzimande said the destruction at institutions, such as at North-West University's Mahikeng campus when students burnt down the administration building as well as a science laboratory, should end.