Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #385) - Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
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Title: Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #385)
Transcript: In dealing with the question of independence of Bantustans Verwoerd conceeded that the white parliament would retain control of functions like defence, foreign affairs and railways, but not for ever. He stressed that neither the Africans nor he could stop the development of the Bantustans towards full independence and that none of their successors would be able to stop it either, whether the policy of the Nats was accepted or that of the UP.
His belief was that the independence of the Bantustans would create so much friendship, so much gratitude and so many mutual interests that there would be no threat or danger of these new Bantustans becoming springboards for the propogation of foreign ideologies.
Verwoerd's reply to the crucial question of immorality of land distribution amongst white and black was evasive. He brushed Graaf's question aside by comparing the population densities in France, Germany, Belgium, Denmark, Netherlands and Switzerland.
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He then turned to the old bogey of the Black Peril to scare the whites about the disasterous consequences of UP policy that would result in domination of whites by blacks; in the formation of a South African army and police force under black generals, an air force under a black marshall, a government with black cabinet ministers, a parliament with black MPs, administrators and mayors, all black.
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