Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #254) - Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
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Title: Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #254)
Transcript: When we fist appeared for formal remand at the Drill Hall we were still in custody. The Hall was packed to capacity and outside massive crowds completely blocked traffic in Twist Street. The way we were brought to the Hall, one would have thought that civil war had broken out in the country. We were escorted from the Fort by several troopt carriers filled with armed men. The whole block around the Drill Hall was surrounded by armed men and the sealed vans in which we were brought were parked in such a way that each accused should alight straight into the courtroom without being seen by the crowds outside.
The pressence of the crowds inspired us and we walked into the Hall with tumbs raised in the then ANC salute. The crowds outside demanded admission into the Hall. Tension mounted and the police and armed men suddenly opened fire, injuring several people among the crowd outside.
Inside the Court a formidable defence team had come together. In a fighting mood, the included several senior and junior advocates from Johannesburg. These included advocates Rosenberg, Maisals, Franks, Barrange, Lazer and Coaker. The preparatory examination was presided by regional court magistrate Wessels.
In court we struck the first blow. As we entered the Drill Hall we were ordered to sit inside a wire cage especially built for us and which would cut us off from everybody, including our lawyers. Advocate Franks immediatly lodged a strong protest in open court for thus humiliating his clients and treating them like wild animales and demanded the removel of the cage. A compromise was
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