Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #322) - Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
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Title: Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #322)
Transcript: to arm ourselves adequately, the end will always be the same the crushing of the people's opposition, as indeed happened in these areas. Sebatana ha se bokwe ka diatla (the attacks of the wild beast cannot be averted with only bare hands) is a well known African idiom which accurately summarises this basic lesson. Nevertheless, these struggles and sacrifices have not been in vain; in the long run they are a profitable investment and will certainly yield a rich harvest in the pending confrontation that will surely come. Our people will never forget the atrocities of the white man and are anxious to settle scores with the enemy when the appropriate moment comes.
(Note: Inadequate treatment of rural struggle especially no reference to peasants association as sponsored by us. Obtain information and fill up especially for Zeerust and Transvaal areas).
Three other issues must be mentioned to complete the brief outline of events that occurred in 1957. Among these were the lengthy memorandum sent by Chief Luthuli to Prime Minister Strydom in which Chief Luthuli detailed the grievances of the African people, the efforts we made to reach amicable solutions in the proceeding 45 years and the systematic encroachment on whatever major rights we still enjoyed. He demanded a meeting between the government and the ANC to examine the whole situation. Although the memorandum raised major problems and was carefully worded Strydom did not even have the courtesy to acknowlege receipt. It is this callousness and contempt on the part of the Nats when dealing with the grievances of the black man that has driven us to violent methods. For the human slaughter and destruction of poverty that will break losse in the near future the Nats must accept full responsibility.
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