Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #142) - Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
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Title: Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #142)
Transcript: China and arrange for arms. He was enthusiastic about the idea and indeed from Prague he visited China and discussed our proposition with the leaders of that country's CP. The Chines leaders received him warmly and took pains to warn that an armed struggle was a very serious matter to undertake and questioned whether the conditions in South Africa had matured sufficiently to justify such an undertaking. During his stay abroad Walter also visited the Soviet Union and other Socialist countries.
At that stage we confined the matter to ourselves but at a meeting in Sophiatown called to protest against the proposed removal of that township and in the presence of members of the Security Police I put the matter bluntly to the audience, my theme being that violence was the only weapon that could destroy apartheid, the meeting was attended by a very large crowd of youth and my speech was loudly cheered. After the meeting my colleagues reprimanded me for indiscreet remarks, pointing out that these were contrary to the accepted policy of the ANC and that the correct procedure was to have raised the matter first within the organisation for discussion before making a public statement. I fully accepted the censure and defended the policy of non violence until the three Day Strike of May 1961.
Walter Sisulu's visit abroad and attendence at the Youth Festival did not go without causing quite a rumpus within the organisation. The invitation gave him little time to prepare for his departure and since he had to go abroad without a passport his proposed visit could not be publicized until he was out of the country. This created a grave difficulty in that time did not permit him to first discuss the
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