Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #365) - Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
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Title: Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #365)
Transcript: time they stood discredited to the membership, became unhappy in their own home and could find peace of mind only by walking out and forming their own organisation. Perhaps no one reason can be given for the emergence of the PAC and the step was influenced by diverse factors, some political and others of a personal nature.
The PAC sought to project an image of a revolutionary organisation par excellence when it made the dramatic statement that it would free Africans by the end of 1963 and attempted to put itself in the centre of Pan Africanism when it called for the unity from Cape to Cairo and from Morocco to Malagasy. Its final objective it declared was a United States of Africa in which the whole continent would be under one central government, one monolithic state led by one monolithic party. Its call for a monolithic State of Africa is as utopian as thier childish rhymes on the character, origin, content and form of their policy and presents the comic spectacle of men who tinker with fantastic dreams whose realisation will delude the African statesmen for centuries to come. The idea of a team of men who have set themselves the task to destroy unity at home and building that on the vast continent of Africa completes the comedy. As for its claims to be socialist in content I an aware of no attempt by the PAC to speel out the essential features of the socialism which they proclaim. Their protestations of socialism are incongrous with their criticism of the nationalisation clause in the Freedom Charter and perhaps is symptomatic of the fact that proclaiming their policy to be socialist in content they were dealing merely with propaganda slogans without having considered the implications of their claim in this regard.
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