Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #363) - Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
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Title: Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #363)
Transcript: 1949 Programme of Action. Firstly it is a contradiction in terms to say as one and the same time that we are a communist front and a reformist organisation. A communist party is a party of revolution, and the SACP has lived up to its tradition, while a reformist organisation shuns away from revolution. But of even more importance, and as indicated in the preceeding chapters, is a fact that the whole history of South Africa since 1950 has been dominated by the political activities of the ANC and its allies during which we have waged the most powerful campaigns the country has ever seen.
The achievments of the ANC and its allies in this regard become all the more significant when we take into account that most of our campaigns were organised under semi illegal conditions, when many of our members were restricted in particular areas, and were prohibited from attending meetings, when it was difficult to hold meetings, when the organisation was already banned in some areas and when the Security Police were waging a reign of terror and persecution.
None of the reasons given by the PAC for breaking away from the ANC can stand the test of objective examination and the true explanation must be sought elsewhere. Some have explained their action as the adventure of men who were influenced more by events in Africa than at home. They heard how Nkrumah had broken away from Danquah's United Gold Cost Convention Party and established the Convention People's Party which soon thereafter rose to power, how Nyerere broke awway from the Tanganyika ANC and came to power at the head of TANU, and Kaunda led UNIP away from the ANC in Northern Rhodesia and immediately occupied a commanding position
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