Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #416) - Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
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Title: Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #416)
Transcript: methods and lagging far behind what was actually happening in different parts of the country. The killing of 11 policemen in Cato Manor and the riots in the rural areas in the Transvaal, Cape and Natal were quoted in support of the argument that the people were ahead of us in this regard. The best course of action in the new situation they maintained was to use forms of action which would allow mass anger and initiative full play, and that a general strike would provide for this.
The other view was that the stay at home was a tactic which was born of our conditions and that the previous decade had shown its correctness and wisdom. They argued that its principal value lay in the fact that it enabled the people to strike at the enemy whilst at the same time it deprived him of the opportunity to hit back; that the confidence of the people in our leadership had grown and our campaigns had received more support precisely because we were not reckless with people's lives. They pointed to the shootings at Sharpeville and Langa which served as a warning to us of the danger of using methods which were unrelated to our situation. They further argued that we should look at the picture as a whole and not in isolation; that we must focus attention not only on the mere occurrence of the Cato Manor incident and the eruption of disturbances in the rural areas but even more important on what finally happened in those areas. Those heroic demonstrations they argued were ultimately suppressed and that in the final analysis merely enabled the enemy to demonstrate its enormous strength, to come out as victors and the people in the affected areas came out as losers; that the stay at home carries no such dangers and held that the strike should take this form.
Both views were based not on principle but on facts. They were attempt to use forms of struggle
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