Liliesleaf Farm in the Rivonia suburb of Johannesburg
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Mandela's hideaway farm revisited

Liliesleaf Farm in the Rivonia suburb of Johannesburg was a site used by the African National Congress from which to launch an armed struggle against white minority rule in South Africa.

On 11 July 1963, the heads of the ANC military wing, Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK), which means Spear of the Nation, were arrested there by the police. They went on to face what became known as the Rivonia Trial, at which Nelson Mandela and his colleagues were sentenced to life imprisonment.

Fifty years on, the BBC's Mike Wooldridge visited Liliesleaf Farm - now restored and re-opened as a museum - to tell the story of what happened that day.

  • 11 Jul 2013
  • From the section Africa
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