Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #381) - Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
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Title: Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #381)
Transcript: In appointing members of the cabinet, judges, army commanders and police chiefs, the Commissioner of Prisons and his entire staff, provincial administrators, university heads and those of other public institutions they are guided not by merit but by a man's ideological outlook. Their neurotic aversion to all forms of liberal thought should be a warning to all liberals whether it is reasonable for them to think that they can remove the Nats from power through the ballot box alone. That hope may be more than a fantastic dream.
After all the Nats know too well that the victory of the Progressive Party would mean the end of colour discrimination at least in the extreme form in which it exists in the country today, and that henceforth the "Baas" would sit in parliament, the provincial and municipal councils, next to "Kaffers, Koelies and Hotnots", a development the Nats have sworn will happen over their dead bodies.
Above all the Nats know only too well that the victory of the Progs would immediately lead to a clamour from the people for the punishment of all members of the Nat regime for all the atrocities they have committed in the shooting down of defenceless men, women and children, hanging and murdering through torture of innocent freedom fighters, the crippling of many people who oppose racial oppression, wholesale deportations of Africans from the urban areas, the break up of families through such deportations and imprisonment of husbands and wives, the persecution of their wives. They know only too well that they are hated today by black and white as men who have an insatiable mania for cruelty and pettiness and that the respite they now enjoy is due mainly to the
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