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This resource is hosted by the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory, but was compiled and authored by Padraig O’Malley. It is the product of almost two decades of research and includes analyses, chronologies, historical documents, and interviews from the apartheid and post-apartheid eras.

Ayob, Ismail

Ayob was born in Mafikeng, and educated there and in Pretoria. He became a Barrister at Greys Inn, London, in the late 1960s and then returned to South Africa to do his Articles and to practise as an Attorney.

He became Winnie Mandela's lawyer during the 1970s, and later on for Nelson Mandela.  He was a frequent visitor to Nelson Mandela during his time in prison and became a conduit for messages between Mandela and the ANC in Zambia.

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