Auctions 4.7.2014 11:20 am

Valuable Mandela arrest warrant up for grabs

(FILES) - A file photo taken on July 19, 2005 shows former South African President Nelson Mandela waving goodbye at the end of the third Nelson Mendela Annual Lecture in Johannesburg, South Africa. AFP PHOTO/ALEXANDER JOE

(FILES) - A file photo taken on July 19, 2005 shows former South African President Nelson Mandela waving goodbye at the end of the third Nelson Mendela Annual Lecture in Johannesburg, South Africa. AFP PHOTO/ALEXANDER JOE

Ordinarily warrants of arrest and related documents aren’t collectable items.

Unless they were issued at a time when the world was blind to the commitment that a former persona-non-grata had to the fight for equal rights, a person who would eventually be celebrated the world over for his visionary leadership – someone like Nelson Mandela.

It is exactly one of these documents, an application that Mandela be arrested, that will be sold tomorrow by Consolidated Auction Group at its auction of collectables.

The application was submitted when he was in one of his first presidential guises, as leader of the banned African National Congress Youth League.

Picture: Supplied

Picture: Supplied

The document is dated May 9, 1961, the same year Mandela went underground, and applies to the magistrate of Johannesburg for Mandela to be arrested for contravening Section 2 of Act eight of the Criminal Law Amendment Act of 1953.

It is not the application for the warrant of arrest that led to Mandela’s arrest more than a year later, on August 5, 1962, in Howick. Nevertheless, its historical significance in the timeline of a liberal luminary cannot be discounted.

It is expected to receive top bids in the interesting mix of high-value, rare South African artifacts, such as the Anglo-Boer War Krag-Jørgensen rifle that belonged to Gideon Fourie, cousin of executed rebel leader Jopie Fourie.

The Consolidated Collectables sale starts at noon on Saturday and will be held at 10 President Street in Germiston. For more information call 011-872-1890 or 082-564-7051, or go to cagauctions.co.za.

 

 

 

 

 

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