Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #359) - Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
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Title: Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #359)
Transcript: interpret it as declaring that the people of South Africa, black and white, have both been deprived of their birthright to land, liberty and peace. In actual fact the preamble says nothing of the kind. To quote from the preamble: "We, the people of South Africa declare for all our country and the world to know: that South Africa belongs to all who live in it, black and white, and that no government can justly claim authority unless it is based on the will of all the people; that our people have been robbed of their birthright to land, liberty and peace by a form of government founded on injustice and inequality....."
When freedom fighters from different population groups belong to the same movement, have common aspirations and common programmes, they completely identify themselves with the problems of that movement even when such problems affect a particular group only. When Hilda Bernstein, a member of the Congress of Democrats, addresses a meeting of the ANC Women's League on passes for African women, she will speak of the grave injustice to "our women", "our mothers, sisters and daughters", "our people" although she herself is not required to carry a pass. Nobody can infer from her remarks that white women now also carry passes and the above mentioned clause must be seen in this light.
The principle of inter racial co operation has been accepted by almost all national movements in Africa and elsewhere, and has been fully acknowledged by the Tanganynika African National Union, United National Independence Party of Zambia, Frelimo, MPLA and FNLA in Algeria, to mention but a few examples. Non Africans in these countries were and are admitted as members
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