Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #271) - Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
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Title: Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #271)
Transcript: sway the attitude of many of our people. If they had chosed the path of resisting to the bitter end, the government would have been in serious difficulties.
But I have often wondered just what the position would have been if we had an efficient organisation in the rural areas and a strong hold on the masses of the people, and on the councillors who form the bulk of the membership of the tribal and regional authorities. The actual membership of a tribal authority varies from area to area but we know of one consisting of the chief and 67 councillors. If the liberation movement were able to influence those councillors against the system, would the authority have been established? Would chiefs have had the courage to side with the government? Is the scheme not operating today mainly because in the first instance the movement failed to galvanize the people in the face of coercion and enticement by the government?
That our inability to find an answer to the strong arm tactics the government used and the collapse of our own resistance to the scheme left others with no alternative but to side with the strong fellow?
A movement that does not examine its own mistakes and weaknesses frankly and constructively, that hastily and blindly piles all blame for set backs on all those who do not agree with it, makes a serious error. Those men are traitors who identify themselves with the Nationalist government, who help to suppress those who fight for their political rights, who threaten after gaining their independence to help South Africa defend its borders against guerilla fighters, and who ask the UN
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