Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #301) - Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
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Title: Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #301)
Transcript: After tasting the beans Rumpff expressed the view that the food was well cooked and tasty. Which was quite true. He agreed with Adv. Kentridge that the food should be served warm and in better plates. But did not concern himself at all with the issue raised by counsel, namely, the inferior quality of the diet and the contrast between the food provided for black detainees and that supplied for white detainees.
In spite of all this I considered him a brilliant lawyer who deserved the highest judical honours. In this regard he commanded the respect of both the State and the dfence teams, the accused and the public. Often he allowed us indulgences which made the abnormally lengthy trial easier to endure.
Kennedy was definitely less conservative than Rumpff and seemed to be attracted by the idea of the equality of human beings irrespective of colour. On one occasion he shook hands with Professor Matthews, wished him well and expressed the hope that they meet again under better conditions than existed at the time. Once he and Duma Dokwe flew together from Durban to Jan Smuts airport and when the airways bus to Johannesburg refused to take Duma, Kennedy also refused to travel on it. His registrar was his siter Mrs. Duke, who provided Chief Luthuli with lunch daily when he was giving evidence. She also presented Helen Joseph with a bouquet on her birthday.
To me the third judge, Bekker, was under the circumstances in which all judges are white, the ideal man to handle a political trial. He struck me as a warm and impartial person, and who was
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