Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #364) - Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
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Title: Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #364)
Transcript: in the politics of that country. They hoped that this magic formula would also work in our situation.
Ours is part of the anti colonialism struggle and of the Pan African movement and it is correct that we should link it with that of the people of South Africa. In fact, as has been pointed out earlier, the ANC has been closely associated with the Pan African movement from its earlies days and was one of the co sponsors of the continental Pan African Congress. But in parroting the speeches of Nkrumah and other national leaders on the continent the PAC forget that in order to become the leading African political organisation in the country they had to deal with the ANC which was not a conservative or spent force as was the UGCC and the ANCs pf Tanganyika and Northern Rhodesia, but a powerful and flexible organisation which was growing stronger by the day because it was keeping abreast of political developments, rallying all the oppressed people, providing a common platform for all the schools of thought opposed to the radical oppression and ready to make use of the experiences of revolutionary movements all over the world.
Theu also forgot that to occupy a central position in the political life of South Africa they had first to make a correct assessment of the situation here at home. They missed this simple fact right from the start. This is their inability to see the pressing necessity for the unity of all the anti apartheid forces at home.
Others see their action as that of a frustrated clique who tried inside the organisation to push a particular line and dismally failed in the attempt. As a result of their factional activities over a long
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