Publisher Jim Bailey and photographer Jurgen Schadeberg are facing charges under the Prisons Act for a book they published last year, "The Fifties People of South Africa".
The book contained pictures from the 1950s of Mandela, Sisulu, Ahmed Kathrada and others now serving life sentences for their ANC activities. Schadeberg edited the book and Bailey published it.
The Prisons Act forbids pictures of prisoners, except under specific circumstances or where permission is given. However, the book in question had been passed for publication by the Publications Control Board.
The case starts in the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court on Monday.
This article originally appeared in the Weekly Mail.