Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #242) - Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
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Title: Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #242)
Transcript: with Skipper. The discussions that led to the final break were lively and witty and even Shakespeare was quoted. They were conducted in Sesutho, Zulu/Xhosa, English and Afrikaans. In attacking Jerry, Skipper referred to the betrayal of Caesar by his friend Brutus. My son asked:"Who are Caesar and Brutus?" Skipper explained. "Are they dead?" asked another member. "Yes", said Skipper, "but the truth about the betrayal is much alive". To which someone retorted: "The actions of dead men do not worry us, but yours do!"
In view of the strong views held be both sides at the moment I thought it advisable to make no appeal for uniy, hoping to bring Skipper and Jerry together when feelings had cooled down. From the point of view of ability Skipper had been an asset to the club and, if he had given it more of his time than he did, he would have produced quite a number of good boxers and I was keen to bring him back provided he was prepared to heed the criticisms of his colleagues.
The weight lifters, who had since elected their own manager remained at the Donaldson Orlando Community Centre and the boxers trained for a few weeks at the police gymnasium about 200 yards away from the Centre whilst negotiating for our new headquarters. Fortunately the Anglicans gave us premises at a reasonable rental where we trained under Simon (Mshengu) Tshabalala until I left the gymn suddenly and quietly at the end of March 1961. Simon is now one of the leading and dependable members of Umkhonto we Sizwe (The Spear of the Nation), the military wing of the ANC.
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