Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #378) - Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
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Title: Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #378)
Transcript: the liberation movement. They were a divisive force and frequently organised workers who were already members of SACTU. They also opposed strikes and other actions connected with SACTU, arguing that they were interested in industrial issues adnd the workers welfare and not in political issues as SACTU was. Internationally they aligned themselves with the right wing of American inspired International Confederation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU) and refused to have any dealings with the progressive World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU) to which SACTU is affiliated.
Jacob Nyaose was arrested and sentenced together with Robert Sobukwe in 1960 and later left the country and FOFATUSA was dissolved in 1966. One of the leading executive members of FOFATUSA was Lucy Mvubelo, secretary of the Garment Workers Union (Women's Branch) (check if this is correct). In 19 she and Edgar Deane of the Furniture Workers Union attended the International Labour Organisation (ILO) conference from which South Africa had withdrawn in 1964 and asked for her re admission. But SACTU representative Moses Mabida and others foiled their move. Later the same Lucy Mvubelo attended a conference of the ICFTU in West Germany and asked the conference to lift the boycott of South African goods but her plea was rejected out of hand.
It is significant that TUCSA has in due course progressed so far as to accept the non racial policy of SACTU and although the leadership of the organisation will remain for a long time in the hands of white trade unionists who will also shape its policy. In the light of our own situation, the new line is
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