Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #379) - Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
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Title: Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #379)
Transcript: a bold one we welcome. But the ghost of FOFATUSA may continue to haunt the South African labour movement by perpetuating the heritage of racial divisions that organisation left behind when it disbanded.
The third development of interest to the labour movement in 1959 was the split in the United Party when 12 of its MPs broke away and formed in November of that year the Progressive Party under the leadership of Dr. Jan Steytler. Within the UP the 12 members had attacked the whole policy of separate development and the political fragmentation of the country and demanded instead the integration of Africans and whites, a common voters roll for all population groups, direct representation for Africans in parliament and more land for them, all of which the reactionary UP opposed.
The Progressive Party (PP) then went on to make the same policy mistakes as did the Liberal Party when it was formed. It was prepared to support only a qualified franchise for blacks and equally denounced the use of unconstitutional action as a means of obtaining one's political objectives. These two aspects of their policy marked out clearly a parliamentary party that was preoccupied with the question of winning white votes and of assuring them that under its government whites would not be swamped by black hordes. They projected themselves as a white party that did not understand the problems of the black man who has to fight for his rights without votes, who for more than 80 years had used constitutional and peaceful means, whose economic, political and social conditions, had continued to worsen and who was now seeking to advance his welfare under
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