Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #239) - Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
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Title: Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #239)
Transcript: my discussion with Daliwonga. It pointed out that economic forces had so integrated black and white in the country that any talk of racial separation was utter nonsense. The political aspirations of the African people in the urban areas it stressed could not be met by giving them rights in areas other than where they lived and worked. When the idea of a broad African conference to consider the Report was suggested the ANC immediatly supported it and used all its resources to make the Conference a success. A substantial number of the 400 delegates were our members.
In February 1956 I had to return to the Transkei to buy a plot of land at Mthatha from Councillor C.K.Sakwe who was a member of the Bunga and had served on the Native Representative Council. The Congress movement took advantage of this trip and gave Walter Sisulu and me certain instructions. We went down to Durban first and from there to Mthatha. Councillor Sakwe, then in his 60s, came from Dutywa and we concluded the transaction at what is regarded as a fair price and on reasonable terms.
He told us of an incident that occured the previous Saturday at Bumbhane, then Sabata's headquarters, when the Tembus broke up a meeting called to discuss the introduction of Bantu Authorities and attended by government officials and leading chiefs from various parts of the Transkei. He regretted what he described as improper behaviour in the presence of distinguished visitors. From Mthatha we visited my mother and No england, payed our respects to Sabata, and went as far as Ngcobo. At home we met one of the elders, a peasant who could neither read nor write, who amused us with glorified accounts of my political activities in the Transvaal. What
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