Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #389) - Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
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Title: Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #389)
Transcript: the scheme were deported, beaten up, arrested, their homes destroyed, stock confiscated, and many were given heavy sentences.
Despite these facts De Wet Nel told parliament that he had consulted Africans about the Bill and that there was not a single protest. (Delete: It is this type of exhibition where even responsible cabinet ministers deliberately attempt to mislead the public as to what is happening in the country that makes parliamentary proceedings in South Africa like a circus.) Perhaps it was because Verwoerd well knew that his colleague's statement was at variance with the facts that he pointed out in the same debate that since the Bill was essential to white survival it could not be made subject to the consultations of the African people.
In Thembuland resistance to the introduction of Bantu Authorities had been going on since 1955 and throughout this period Sabata had been solidly behind his people. In 1958 matters came to a head when 4 leading spokesmen, three of whom were members of the Royal House, were deported to the North Western Cape, others to the Transvaal. They were Jackson Nkosiyane, Sabata's secretary, who had worked in the Native Affairs Department for a long time, Chief Bangilizwe Joyi, a senior chief who to this day refuses to take over the chieftaincy of his area, preferring his relative to act for him, Twalimfene Joyi and Mgolombane, the oldest amongst them.
That same year and after consulting the Basutholand Congress Party, the ANC collected all of them from banishment and transferred them to Basutholand where they could live comparatively freely.
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