Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #132) - Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
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Title: Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #132)
Transcript: who appeared in Johannesburg in September 1952 included the presidetns and general secretaries of the ANC, SAIC, ANCYL, TIC and the TIYC. I was among the twenty accused in the Johannesburg trial and we were charged, like our comrades in the trials at Port Elizabeth and Kimberley, with organising the Defiance Campaign. We were all found guilty and given suspended sentences of 9 months each.
The Johannesburg trial evoked tremendous interest and support from the community. Massive crowds and demonstrators marched through the streets and converged on the Johannesburg Magistrates Court. Students of Witwatersrand University marched to the court in solidarity with the accused. School kids from all the Indian schools, primary and secondary, in Johannesburg stayed away from school and joined the marchers. The courtroom was packed while outside crowds, the like of which have never been seen around the Johannesburg Magistrates Court, invaded the precincts of the court.
The twenty accused in Johannesburg included Dr. Moroka, the National President of the ANC. As a man who led the Campaign, a successful medical practitioner and prominent churchman and a direct descendant of the famous Chief Moroka who had welcomed the Afrikaners when they reached the Orange Free State, he was widely respected by all national groups. His fearless, steady and open handed manner made him an ideal man to lead an important mass campaign with people of various shades of political opinion.
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