Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #279) - Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
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Title: Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #279)
Transcript: Others, whilst not ignoring the lessons of world history, drew attention to the uniqueness of our own situation and felt that our social system, and more particularly the colour bar, demanded a modification of such lessons. They sought to substantiate their argument by showing that whenever we launched political campaigns these elements were always on our side and were confident that when acts of violence commence they would rally behind us. They pointed out that there exists a host of legal "crimes" such as transgressions of the influx control regulations and the hated pass laws which contributed a large proportion of the African prison population and which had nothing to do with anti social behaviour.
Still others were of the view that there was hardly any fundamental difference between our situation and that of the rest of the world. They pointed out that throughout history and in all countries, the social system is the basic cause of crime; that at the root of this problem was the division of society into rich and poor and that in this regard our country was no exception.
Discussions of this nature often end without any clear cut decisions and ours tailed off in similar fashin. Nonetheless we were united in our admiration of the courageous men who poured out their feelings on those dirty walls and in whose hearts still burned the immortal flames of freedom.
Soon after our transfer to Pretoria the trial resumed. In the course of the proceedings however Maisels called us together and reported that the State of Emergency had made proper consultations with us well nigh impossible, and that subject to what we might say, the defence team proposed to
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