Southern Rhodesia: Ministry of Justice

Scope and Content

Memorandum by M D Matimba, M T Musarurwa, P P A Foya, E F C Sithole, K S Mhizha, J T Maululeke, and T A Chihota, (former political detainees), to Minister of Justice, Southern Rhodesia, 16 July 1961, concerning payment of allowances, the need for improvement of the 'shockingly insulting' conditions in which they were living, and the expulsion of the Native Commissioner, R S Powell.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Southern Rhodesia African National Congress was founded in 1957 under the leadership of Joshua Nkomo. It was banned by the Government in 1959, and several prominent members were arrested and detained. The detainees were released early in 1961. Their claim for compensation does not appear to have been successful.


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Archivist's Note

Compiled by Alan Kucia as part of the RSLP AIM25 Project.

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Related Material

ICS holds several other collections relating to political detainees in Rhodesia, including Ignatius Chigwendere (ICS 12), Tim Matthews (ICS 54), D D E Mutasa (ICS 91), Southern Rhodesia Legal Aid and Welfare Fund (ICS 107) and Southern Rhodesia Ministry of Native Affairs (ICS 78).