The Mandela Brief: Sydney Kentridge and the Trials of Apartheid
Author: Thomas Grant
‘A forensic, riveting account of a wondrous and principled advocate’ Philippe Sands
‘Well-written, deeply researched and wholly gripping’ The Spectator
‘Meticulously researched’ The Times
‘Kentridge is one of many lawyers to whom I will forever be in debt, and whose everyday fights against injustice should inspire us all’ David Lammy
Sydney Kentridge carved out a reputation as South Africa’s most prominent anti-apartheid advocate – his story is entwined with the country’s emergence from racial injustice and oppression. He is the only advocate to have acted for three winners of the Nobel Peace Prize – Nelson Mandela, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Chief Albert Lutuli. Already world-famous for his landmark cases including the Treason Trial of Nelson Mandela and the other leading members of the ANC, the inquiry into the Sharpeville massacre, and the inquest into the death of Steve Biko, he then became England’s premier advocate.
Through the great set-pieces of the legal struggle against apartheid – cases which made the headlines not just in South Africa, but across the world – this biography is a portrait of enduring moral stature.
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