Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #190) - Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
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Title: Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #190)
Transcript: gifted with inexhaustible energy and determination, both are great entertainers and every year scores of Congressites flock to their homes to relax and enjoy her refreshments. A holder of an honours degree from the University of London, Helen who held the rank of lieutenant in the South African army during the World War II, could have left South Africa and settled comfortably in England where she was born and grew up, as many people younger than herself have done. It gives us an idea of how tough she is that in the face of all the persecutions she has gone through, she instead to live in a country torn by racial strife where one day the sweet air will smell of gunfire, elegant buildings will crash down and where the streets will be splashed with blood.
Lilian Ngoyi is a self made person with very little education, hardly any political training, one of those persons who are produced by the struggle. In the Defiance Campaign she defied and went to prison. Became member of the provincial Executive and later the National Executive of the ANC. Also National President of both the ANC Women's League and the South African Women's Federation. In 1953 she visited England, Europe and the Socialist countries including the USSR as guest of the International Women's Federation. She is a widow. A powerful mass speaker.
The five Congresses and the Women's Federation were loosely linked together through the Consultative Committee consisting of two representatives from each of the constituent bodies under the chairmanship of the President of the ANC. The Committee had no plenary or executive powers and its recommendations were purely advisory. Each constituent organisation retained its independence and was free to accept or reject recommendations of the Committee as it deemed fit.
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