A letter from the late former statesman Nelson Mandela and 23 other Rivonia trialists asking for funds to cover the legal costs of their treason trial is being auctioned by a UK-based education fund to help young South Africans develop solutions to the climate to help change crisis.
The Canon Collins Trust is hosting the online auction, which includes sports memorabilia from Springbok greats, cricketer Gary Kirsten, David de Gea from Manchester United, cricketers from Protea and tennis players Alexander Zverev.
The trust was once headed by the late radical Anglican priest Canon John Collins, who led anti-apartheid campaigns in the UK and, in 2007, posthumously won the Order of Companions of OR Tambo in silver for his Contribution to the liberation received fight.
According to the Trust, Collins started a Treason Trial Fund in 1956 to help defend 156 Fund anti-apartheid leaders charged with four treason.
“This letter, written only a day before the end of the treason trial, is a call for support for the final leg of the four-year trial, the signed by 24 political leaders including Nelson Mandela, Walter Sisulu and Ahmed Kathrada. “
Stuart Craig, the Trust’s CEO, said the letter was discovered in old newspapers in her office.
He described it as an” accidental discovery “when the organization was in moved to new premises.
“The Canon Collins Trust is deeply rooted in the history of the struggle. Our founders supported the freedom movement for decades, “he said.
” We were looking through some old photos when this letter appeared in Light.
“It has the original signatures of Mandela, Kathrada and everyone else and is clearly a real and fascinating piece of history. We would like some funds to be released to support future leaders in the struggle for social justice. “
The highest bid for the three-sided typed letter was so far R 25,000.
The price is R34,000.
A limited edition print by Mandela, signed by famous photographer Jürgen Schadeberg, also goes under the hammer and costs R160,000. A starting bid of R 70,000 has been received for the print.
A white rugby jersey signed by six Springbok greats such as Victor Matfield, Bryan Habana, Tendai Mtawarira, John Smit, Jean de Villiers and Percy Montgomery was also on auction. The bid threshold is 50,000 R.
A jersey signed by Protea cricketers Temba Bavuma, Quinton de Kock, Dean Elgar, Beuran Hendricks, Reeza Hendricks, Heinrich Klaasen and Keshav Maharaj, Aiden will also be auctioned became Markram, David Miller, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortjé, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi and Rassie van der Dussen – with an upper limit of 40,000 R
A framed jersey by David de Gea from Manchester United and an unframed Tottenham Hotspurs Jermain Defoe jersey are also up for grabs.
Alexander Zverev’s boots, which he wore during his quarter-final game against Novak Djokovic at Roland Garros in 2019, have a price tag of 10,000 R.
The Theauction ends on Saturday evening.