Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #172) - Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
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Title: Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #172)
Transcript: in favour of the indifinite boycott. At the Special Conference, the conference chairman P.Q. Vundla, Ida Nntwana the National President of the ANC Woman's League and Wilton Mkwayi the organising secretary of the African Textile Workers Union appealed in vain for a boycott of limited duration.
At that time many members of the National, provincial and local executives were restricted and could not attend and guide the Conference on the matter. However dmuch delegates might have misjudged the situation, Conference was supreme and we found ourselves saddled with a boycott as directed by conference. In the meantime the government brandished the big stick. Dr. Verwoerd announced that the government would permanently close down all schools that were boycotted and that children who stayed away would not be re admitted.
Shortly after we launched the campaign P.Q. Vundla, who organised a successful boycott in Western Native Township for more than a week, reacting to Dr. Verwoerd's threats and worried that hundreds of children in the area would be thrown into the streets, acted on his own and called off the boycott in that township. He followed this up later by leading a delegation to Pretoria where he was assured that boycotting children in the area would be re admitted. This enraged the youth in adjacent Sophiatown and resulted in an unpleasant incident in which he was assaulted. We strongly condemned the use of violence as a means of settling domestic problems and reprimanded the culprits.
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