Rare mandela letter in PMB

2016-05-31 12:47
Noelene Cannon holding the original letter written and signed by Nelson Mandela in 1977. Mandela had written it to the University of South Africa’s registrar. The letter will be auctioned by Cannon’s Auctioneers.

Noelene Cannon holding the original letter written and signed by Nelson Mandela in 1977. Mandela had written it to the University of South Africa’s registrar. The letter will be auctioned by Cannon’s Auctioneers.

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Pietermaritzburg - A letter originally written by ­Nelson Mandela while he was ­incarcerated at Robben Island to the University of South Africa has been discovered in Pietermaritzburg.

This rare piece is set to be auctioned tomorrow morning at Cannon’s ­Auctioneers.

The letter was written in 1977 to the registrar at Unisa in Pretoria to submit an assignment and enquire about ­tutorials.

Cecil Greenfield, the forensic examiner of questioned documents who The Witness contacted yesterday, has confirmed he examined the letter.

In the letter, Mandela was sending his assignment 1/1977 in Economics (I) to the Pretoria office because the Unisa regional office in Cape Town which he said he was registered with, had not provided him with a student number.

He also implored the registrar to “kindly” send him the lectures in ­Accounting (I) and in Business ­Economics (I). He also asked for the 1977 university calendar.

The letter is stamped by the prison.

David Cannon of Cannon’s ­Auctioneers said the letter has been checked and authenticated.

Cannon said he had acquired the letter from a Pietermaritzburg man but was unable to disclose his name.

“This man was a Unisa employee at the time Mandela posted the letter to the institution.

“He got hold of the letter and he kept it, for what reason we are not certain. But there is huge interest in the piece of memorabilia. Both local and international bidders have shown an unbelievable interest,” said Cannon.

Mandela’s letter is accompanied by a certificate of authentication ­authorised by Greenfield.

Greenfield said he was approached by a man on February 2014 who asked for a letter of authentication to prove that the letter he had was genuine.

“I examined the letter and I gave my opinion. It was the original ­handwriting of Mr Mandela and his signature was genuine,” he said.

• thabang.mathebula@witness.co.za

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