Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #375) - Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
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Title: Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #375)
Transcript: the same fate as the Industrial and Commercial Workers Union, Cape African Volunteers Association, African Democratic Party and the National Minded Bloc which no longer exist or the Unity Movement which really exists in name only and whose role has been essentially as factional as that of the PAC.
My criticism of the PAC does not in the last diminish my respect for Robert Sobukwe's personal ability, courage and integrity. We are personal friends of long standing and I enjoy his company. He is a scholar and sportsman, devoted to the freedom struggle, an eloquent speaker and humble Christian. As former national president of the ANC Youth League and the Fort Hare SRC he showed a lot of initiative and won the respect of many people and his readiness to pay the penalty for his principles enhanced my respect for him.
I was astonished and even disgusted when my former political mentor and hero, Gaur Radebe, joined the PAC. It seemed an anti climax for a man who was once a member of the National Executive of the ANC, a marxist and on time member of the Johannesburg District Committee of the CP and a veteran who had courageously and competently led many campaigns to align himself with a group of extreme nationalists who were at war with the other sections of the oppressed people in their own country.
I would probably have condoned his defection if by joining the PAC he had hoped to play the role of bridging the gap between our respective organisations and keeping us together. As it was his
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