Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #330) - Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
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Title: Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #330)
Transcript: is the second senior chief in Thembuland. His wife's funeral involved a lot of preparatory work and problems which kept me busy for several days and attracted one of the largest crowds to be seen at a funeral in Johannesburg.
My mother was then living with me and I spent my spare evenings listening to her relating fables and legends which I wrote down. She also gave me valuable information on family history which too I took down, packed neatly and put away safely in the hope one day that I would make use of them. I enjoyed these light moments for they not only provided me with relaxation which removed the strains aand anxieties of political problems but reminded me of my childhood days and our small village of Qunu. But the Security Police of South Africa do not respect even family records like these and in one of their numerous raids they seized them from me. I was still trying to retrieve them when later political events forced me to leave my home and family.
Early in 1958, on June 14th I divorced my wife and in the same year married Winnie Nomzamo (I call her Zami), a social worker employed at Baragwanath Hospital and daughter of C.K. Madikizela, a school teacher, who later became Transkei Minister of Agriculture. At the time I was confined to Johannesburg and the restrictions had to be relaxed to enable me to travel to her home in Mbizana (corrupted to Bizana by the whites) where the wedding took place.
At the reception which was attended by a number of security police my father in law told his daughter that he knew quite well her husband's political views and advised his daughter that if she
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