Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #394) - Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
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Title: Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #394)
Transcript: and that great injustice was done to those who were shot down or imprisoned for demanding the right to run their own affairs, to acquire the political power which will enable us to determine all the other spheres of our national life.
It was an admission that in spite of all their attempts to destroy us we had become a force whose demands they could never ignored. But the Nats had not the magnanimity of men who handle the national problems of a country. Instead of negotiating directly with us they built up their own stooges who welcomed the splitting up of our people into several ethnic groups, cringing men who swallow almost everything the Nats tell them and who attack us for fighting for our birthright and for opposition to apartheid.
The new lime was also a response to tfhe tempo of revolutionary changes in Africa and an attempt to win the support of the West to whom South Africa with its policy of apartheid had become an embarrassment. It was also an effort to save white supremacy by breaking up the African people into 8 separate ethnic units, buying them off with socalled self government in their respective areas wich covered only a tiny portion of the country and thus removing the threat to 3 million whites presented by the existence of 10 million oppressed Africans.
From now on the main issue became even more clear to us the choice before South Africa was between a common fatherland with a non racial society, common organs of government in which all South Africans were free to participate and determine all other spheres of their national life. This
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