In the early 1960's, Liliesleaf Farm, which is situated in rural Rivonia, provided the perfect "safe house" from which leaders of MK could operate. It was, to all intents and purposes, an operational farm and the black people seen on the farm were, to the world around them, labourers employed to do the farm work. Nobody was aware of the important work that was done here and the place of refuge it provided for the ANC leaders. Nelson Mandela was known as David, a cook and general labourer. But in July 1963, following months of intensive investigation, the security police raided the farm and arrested Walter Sisulu and other members of the MK High Command. The capture of key leaders and the discovery of the plans for operation "Mayibuye", (plans to overthrow the South African Government through violence), led to the well publicized "Rivonia Trial", which resulted in Nelson Mandela and his fellow conspirators being sentenced to life imprisonment.
Historical Building/ Architectural feature
8 Winston Avenue Rivonia