Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #303) - Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
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Title: Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #303)
Transcript: My partner Oliver Tambo left South Africa on the instructions of the ANC on 27th March 1960, a few days before we were arrested. Our friend, attorney Hymie Davidoff, who was winding up our partnership then arranged with Col. Prinsloo for me to be brought to Johannesburg on weekends and work with our bookkeeper, Nathan Marcus, in our office. I travelled to and from Johannesburg with Sgt. Kruger, the investigating officer in the Treason Trial, in his private car and un handcuffed. He was relaxed and, on several occasions, would leave me alone in the car and enter a shop to buy biltong and chocolate slabs for both of us.
Our offices were on the 2nd floor and I moved freely to the cafe on the ground floor. Zami and Amina Cachalia saw me daily and brought me food at the office. I was also visited by Matlala Tambo and Freda Troupe, without any interference. All these things could never have happened in the hostile and grim atmosphere that prevails since 1963.
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