Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #267) - Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
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Title: Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #267)
Transcript: The Court assembled and prepared to proceed. Chief had been in the middle of his evidence but now the witness box remained empty. The judge asked for an explanation and was informed that Chief had been taken into custody the night before. Judge Rumpff demanded that the police bring Chief to court to continue his evidence and adjourned the court for a short while. When the court re assembled that same morning the court was informed that the police refused to bring Chief to the court. The judge then adjourned the court to a latter date and the accused trooped out of court to make their way home. At the gate entrance in the courtyard the police set about re arresting the remaining accused, and in the process landed themselves into quite a mix up. One of the accused, Wilton Mkwayi, walked up to the gate and wanted to know from his fellow accused who was in the process of being arrested what was happening. The police ordered him to leave. On learning that the treason case accused were all being arrested Wilton informed the police that he was one of the accused. The police refused to believe him and threatened to arrest him for obstruction. They angrily ordered him out of the gate. That was teh last tiem the court saw Wilton. He stayin in the country evading arrest for two months, was eventually sent out of the country by the movement. Whilst abroad he together with Moses Mabida served as SACTU representatives. Subsequently Wilson underwent military training and returned to South Africa and at the end of 1962 where, in the underground movement, he led a cloak and dagger existence outwitting the police who were combing the country for him, until he was arrested in Octover 1964 and sentenced to life imprisonment for his part in the activities of Umkhonot We Sizwe and the ANC.
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