Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #293) - Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
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Title: Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #293)
Transcript: admitted advocating the use of violence. But once it was expunged from the record I refused to assist the Crown.
The Crown team had a dynamic leder in Adv. Oswald Pirow, a former Minister of Justice and later Defence, and a man who was once regarded as the country's future premier. He had met most of the leading figures in Europe including Chamberlain, Salazar, Franco, Hitler and Mussolini and was widely known as a staunch opponent of the principles of National Socialism. In appointing him to lead the prosecution team the Nationalists were probably influenced bu both his skill as a lawyer and his political convictions. They saw in him the ideal man in the country who would press hard for the conviction of those who were alleged to be plotting to introduce a communist regime in South Africa. Some even say that it was by no means a coincidence that the Presiding Judge was his personal friend who had acted as his junior on several occasions.
Pirow indeed fought hard and brilliantly for our conviction and throughout the proceedings he was formidable and menacing. But he was also a strong willed and independant person and could be surprisingly generous. He saved us a lot of money when he decided to give the record of the proceedings free of charge. It ran into more than 100 thick volumes. His polite reference to us as "Africans" contrasted sharply with his totalitarian views.
He could also be humorous. On one occasion he was addressing the court when he said something to which Issy Maisels objected. As the latter shot up to intervene Pirow calmly appealed to his
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