Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #413) - Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
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Title: Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #413)
Transcript: September (?) of the Coloured Peoples Congress, Bishop Gow of the AME church, Joe Daniels of the Liberal Party and others. The Pietermaritzburg Conference was criticised by Cardiff Marney, a member of the CPC, on the ground that it was organised on racial lines. This point had long been the bone of contention between the NEUM and the Congress movement and although the former was iself "Non European" movement and organised on racial lines they nevertheless criticised our structure as racialistic. The remarks made by the other members of the committee indicated that he had been canvassing this view among them for quite some time and though they favoured the principle of a non racial organisation every other pseaker felt that the proposal was premature. I associated myself with the majority opinion and assured him that the National Convention for which we were campaigning was non racial. He now had the opportunity, I pointed out, to bring in all the people who were ready for his proposal.
At that time Patrick Duncan, then propietor of the weekly "Contact" was ill in bed at his home and Randolph Vighne (chieck spelling and his positon in the LP), organiser of the Liberal Party (?) drove me to his house. In his paper Patrick had repeatedly said that the policy of the ANC was influenced by communists. As we entered the bedroom I greeted him and before I could say anything further he referred me to the proceedings of the Treason Trial in which the suggestion of communist influence had been shown to be unfounded. He added that he would have to correct the impression he had created in this regard. I complimented him for his frankness adnd briefed him on the campaign. He needed no convincing on the question of the National Convention and fully grasped its importance. I had already discussed the matter with Randolph and his contribution in the
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