Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #424) - Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
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Title: Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #424)
Sometime before the Pietermaritzburg Conference some of the persons who attend the meeting in Orlando in December 1960 were arrested and charged with furthering the aims of an illegal organisation, the ANC (check). Among them were members of the ANC, Liberal Party, Progressive Party and the PAC (check in fact if the PAC men were not charged and amend accordingly).
Although members of different political organisations were from the start represented by different lawyers, the trial started smoothly with all the accused putting up the same defence. But later the accused split as a result of the suggestion by members of the Liberal Party that the whole responsibility for the campaign for a National Convention should be laid on Duma Nokwe, the secretary general of the ANC, a proposal which was rejected out of hand by our people. Reverends Tantsi and Rajuili, Paul Mosaka, former leader of the long defunct African Democratic Party and former member of the Native Representative Council, and Congress Mbata sided with Julius Mali, Jordan Ngubane and Bhengu and now fought the case on the basis that they had no responsibility in the matter and that all the preparations were done by Duma, while Govan Mbeki, Alfred Nzo, Thomas Nkobi, W.B. Ngakane and Mark Shope relied on what had actually happened. None the less the magistrate sentenced all of them to 12 months imprisonment but on appeal the sentence was set aside. (NOTE: depending on whether PAC men were charged if not include the following here: the police took no action against the members of the PAC although they had attended the Orlando meeting and pulled out simultaneously with the Liberal Party).
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