Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #232) - Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
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Title: Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #232)
Transcript: African worker would have free opportunity in his area to rise to all grades of skill and responsiblity and the absorbtion of African labour in the new industries and commerce that would be established in the African areas would in the long run produce a scarcity in the white sector. It was the opinion of the Commission that the implementation of its recommendations would be successful only if they offered the African the prospect of political expression.
They refrained from making any suggestions on the question of ultimate independence but felt that the successful implementation of its programme would at least be a forerunner to such a development.
The Report concluded with the following passage: "The choice is clear, either the challange must be accepted, or, the inevitable consequences of the integration of the Bantu and European population groups into a common society must be endured. "
It drew a flood of conflicting comments, of praise and condemnation, of acceptance and rejection, reflecting a fundamental, but regrettable clash of African and white aspirations. In October 1956 at a conference sponsored by the Interdenominational African Minister's Federation African totally rejected the Report and denied that the interdependence of blacks and whites would threaten the survival of the latter. Earlier in June the same year a Volkskongres (People's Congress) of Afrikaners had already accepted the Report on the grounds mainly that peaceful evolution of black and white in South Africa was impossible.
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