Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #383) - Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
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Title: Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #383)
Transcript: the personal and national ideals of every individual and of every population group could best be developed within its own national community and that only then would the other groups be relieved of the feeling of threat and danger. He added that although the principle of African representation was introduced in the Cape in 1853, whites had never accepted and would never accept it.
(Ommit? : He baltantly misrepresented African nationalism, stating that the root of African nationalism was hatred for the white man and claimed that nationalism was not African nationalism so much as Sotho, Venda, Xhosa and Zulu nationalism. According to him the overwhelming majority of the people of South Africa, including Africans, had rejected multi racialism and had chosen separate development.)
Dealing with urban Africans De Wet Nel said that they would never be integrated into the white community and added that he had ascertained African feeling in the matter by sending 3,000 copies of the White Paper on the Bill and 30,000 copies of the government sponsored magazine "Bantu" and that he had not received a single protest.
De Villiers Graaf, leader of the opposition, attacked the Bill on the ground that the division of South Africa into black and white states would constitute a grave danger for all South Africans. He feared that the black states might well become spring boards for the propogation of foreign ideologies, like communism. He denounced the Bill as repugnant to the principles of natural justice in that it removed long standing rights without giving anything substantial in return adnd left
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