Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #138) - Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
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Title: Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #138)
Transcript: Q.C., Chairman of the Johannesburg Bar Council, and Franklin, both instructed by William Aaronsohn, a leading Johannesburg firm, all of whom acted free of charge. But an unforgettable experience was when I received offers of support from a number of well known Afrikaner lawyers and kind sentiments from Afrikaner magistrates and prosecutors. I do not know what weere the political affiliations of all of these men, except for one of them with whom I had several informal discussions and who openly defended the policy of the Nationalist government. It is a pity I wrtite this story under these conditions. Perhaps some or all of them would have no objections to my revealing their names. But I am bound to say that experience shows that even in racial South Africa professional solidarity can at times transcend colour differences; that in spite of the systematic whittling down of the rule of law by the present regime there are still judges who refuse to be rubber stamps of the government. These and other experiences draw attention to the diverse ramifications of the anti apartheid struggle which is fought in many fields and with a wide variety of weapons. A liberation movement which is consciously aware of these ramifications and which is able to exploit them fully can make great progress and force the enemy to fight on many fronts.
The 1952 National Conference reviewed the political situation created by the Campaign, with particular reference to the measures the government was likely to adopt to deal with the ANC and to forestall another resistance. Statements made by the government spokesmen during the proceeding 12 months had left us with the definite impression that both the ANC and the SAIC would be declared illegal and the Conference felt the moment had come to take emergency precautions. With this in mind Conference gave the National Executive extraordinary powers to
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