Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #299) - Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
Welcome to the Nelson Mandela Digital Archive Project. Our aim is to locate, document, digitise, and provide access to all archival materials related to Nelson Mandela. This is a work in progress. Here is a selection of materials arranged in exhibits for your enjoyment.
Title: Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #299)
Transcript: Judge on the ground that he had improperly examined Helen Joseph and infringed the golden principle that justice must only be done but must be seen to be done. The application concerned the Presiding Judge and the accused and the Crown had no right to intervene. But at the end of Bram's argument and before the Presiding Judge delivered his judgement, De Vos, the leader of the Crown team and contrary to practice, intervened and made remarks we considered defamatory to Bram. Instructing attorney Parkington with his presence of mind and ability to anticipate knew what the De Vos would next do. As the latter walked out of the court, he followed and caught him handing his defamatory speech to a press man.
On one occasion my nephew Chief Daliwonga Mathanzima stayed with us for a week. One day during his stay we travelled to Pretoria together and Maisels introduced him to the Presiding Judge. He and two of his councillors were allowed to sit in the well of the court immediately behind the defence counsel. During the tea adjournment he joined us and pointedly asked us to state our objections to separate development. Lilian Ngoyi angrily remarked: "Tyhini, uyadelela lo mntu" (Gracious, this man is provocative). However we pointed out to him that such important matters required more time and a better atmosphere for discussion and this helped to stave off what might have developed into a heated argument.
A final word about the Treason Trial. Throughout history and even in homogenous class societyes, the court has always formed part of the machinery of oppression and used by the dominant class to coerce the public and to punish those who might seek to challenge its position. In cases such as the
Extent and Medium: 1 page