Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #339) - Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
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Title: Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #339)
Transcript: Johannesburg has always had a crop of able women Florence Mophosho, Virginia Mngoma, Muriel Sodinda Davids, Catherine Mngwai (?), Kate Molale, Maggie Resha, Albertina Sisulu, Doreen Motshabi, Vuyiswa Nokwe all of whom tried to limit the problems and constantly appeal for the women for discipline.
Although more than 100 warrants of arrest were issued by the court none were ever executed.
Relatives co operated very well and the women were bailed out after the expiration of about 15 days in prison. Volunteers came from Johannesburg Bar and Side Bar and all the accused were freely and ably defended and many of them including Zami, were discharged by the magistrate or on appeal. The harshest sentence was that imposed on Pauline who was sentenced to months imprisonment without the of option of the fine and on Muriel Davids (?),Florence Mophosho and Catherine Magwai(?), who were fined R50 each.
In a jail Zami became friendly with two teenage Afrikaner wardresses and after she and the other women were released on bail, they travelled by train and spent a day with us in Orlando. They were perfectly free and after lunch Zami took them around Soweto visiting other women. After supper I drove them back to town and dropped them near the jail. But in travelling to Orlando they used a train which had no carriage for white passengers and as a result travelled with Africans. This attracted much attention and soon it was widely known that they had visited Orlando. One was dismissed from the service shortly after that and although we never heard the full story we
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