Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #276) - Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
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Title: Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #276)
Transcript: treason trialists to be kept together without distinction between African, Coloured and Indian. That was as far as they would go they were not prepared to extend this arrangement to the other detainees.
The diet scale depended, as it still does, on one's race and was scaled in uncooked form. For Africans it was as follows: Breakfast:mealie meal 6oz soup powder 1/6 oz coffee (made out of roasted mealies) 1/7 oz fat 1/2 oz. Lunch:boiled dry mealies 7 oz vegetables 7,5 oz. Supper:mealie meal 3oz meat (3 times a week) 4,4 oz vegetable 8,5 oz.
Indians: Breakfast:exactly the sameas for Africans. Lunch:mealie rice or samp 7 oz fat 1 oz vegetables 7,5 oz. Supper:meat: same as for Africans bread 4 oz fat 1 oz soup powder 1/6 oz.
The fat was used in the porridge, rice or soup whilst the sugar ration was used for porridge and coffee. At first our diet was the same as that of non political prisoners but later there was improvement in ours. Bread was supplied to Africans and for lunch we got samp, beans, gravy and vegetables.
I have no exact particulars as to the diet scale for white prisoners in general and more particularly for white detainees at the time. But they received far better food than the blacks. Some even say that South African white prisoners ate better food in prison than many of them did as free men in their own homes. What I definitely know is that for breakfast they received porridge with butter, enough
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