Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #358) - Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
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Title: Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #358)
Transcript: In regard to the attacks made by the PAC the ANC has always welcomed constructive criticism from members and non members and regards it as the life blood of any great movement. Frequently we have publicly acknowledged our weaknesses and mistakes, repuddiated decisions when we realised that we did not correctly asses the situation. Well meant criticism from non members is weighed as carefully as that of members, the approach being whether the acceptance of that criticism will help us to see the way forward more clearly.
To those whom the unity of the African people is always uppermost in their minds and who are constantly seeking solutions, the views of another African political organisation, however comparatively weak and inexperienced it may be, is a matter of great importance and to brush aside with contempt its reservations about our policy and activities, would be a serious error.
At the same time an organisation that has a mania for making flippant charges and malicious propaganda against another organisation does great harm to the common cause and must accept full responsibility for creating divisions and tensions amongst the people and deserves the rebuke and scorn of those they try to smear by underhand methods. This is not the type of criticism our membership can tolerate.
The PAC argument that the above mentioned clause in the preamble of the Freedom Charter is over generous and inaccurate is probably due to an inaccurate reading of this particular sentence. They
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