Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #406) - Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
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Title: Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #406)
Transcript: cultural, sports, professional and business people. None of the original sponsors could attend as they were under restrictions of one kind or another. Govan Mbeki led a strong delegation from the ANC while Z.B. Molete headed that of the PAC. The Liberal Party was represented by Jordan Ngubane and several others and the Institute of Race Relations by Congress Mbatha. Douglas Lukele of Winberg fame, W.B. Ngakane, Reverend Z.R. Mahabane and B.S. Rajuli were amongst the delegates.
Although two men had to be ejected for being disrespectful to the chairman of the conference, unity was otherwise solid, morale good and the standard of discussion high. The conference dismissed the referendum as a decision of the racial minority and decided to call an All In African Conference where the idea of summoning a National Convention would be discussed.
The conference also resolved that a machinery be created to prepare for the proposed conference and in pursuance of this resolution an All In African National Action Council was formed with Julius Mali, Transvaal organiser of the Liberal Party, as chairman and myself as honourary secretary. Among the members of the Committee were Duma Nokwe, Govan Mbeki, Z.B. Molete, Jordan Mgubane, Congress Mbata and Reverend Rajuli. The conference was arranged for Pietermaritzburg on March 25th 1961.
Soon after the Orlando meeting Walter Sisulu and I visited Basotholand to see South African refugees there and Ntsu Mokhehle. Arthur Letele, national treasurer of the ANC and our strong man
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