Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #174) - Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
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Title: Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #174)
Transcript: These activities were organised by teams of fieldworkers who worked under semi illegal conditions and whose movements were closely followed by a rough and vigilant police force. These campaigns should be judged on two levels. Firstly on whether the immediate objective was achieved and, equally important, as activities which drew the masses into active struggle and which is always the primary school for their politicization. Planned to withdraw African children from all schools throughout the country the campaign for the boycott of Bantu Education was not a success. Nonetheless it did make a considerable impact.
One day in 1954 my son Makghato, then 4 years old came running and excitedly announced: "Daddy, there's Malan on the hill". The Minister of Bantu Education, Willie Maree had announced that he would that day address a public meeting in the township. The ANC responded by organising to ensure that the meeting did not succeed. As I went out I saw a couple of police vans escorting Maree to the spot. There was trouble right from the start and the Minister of Bantu Education fled without delivering his speech.
Whatever weaknesses were revealed in the course of the nationwide opposition to the Bantu Education Act, the government was so shaken by the flood of criticism the Act unleashed, that it had to modify its original intention in regard to the new educational system. It was a different Verwoerd who declared at the height of the storm of protest on November 14th 1954 that education was everywhere the same and its purpose the same. It has also been said that, in spite of the objectionable features it contained, the November 1954 draft syllabus represented a significant shift
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