Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #428) - Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
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Title: Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #428)
Transcript: simple life being no more than one who took and carried out orders, who collected and washed dishes and swept the floors.
At the end of the day all the builders and painters would return to their homes and I would be alone until the next morning. I continued going out on certain evenings to meet people and always felt a bit uneasy to return late at night to a place I did not know so well. On each occasion I felt as if somebody was lurking behind the bushes that surrounded the house.
Shortly after this Raymond Mhlaba came up from Port Elizabeth in preparation for his departure with three other recruits for military training in the Peoples Republic of China. We stayed together for about a fortnight and I used the opportunity to get a clearer picture of the problems of the movement in the Eastern Cape. I had been given the task of drawing up the MK constitution and I enlisted the assistance of Raymond and Joe Slovo in drafting it.
Later Michael Harmel was given an important political assignment and he needed a quiet and safe place where he could work full time. He joined me at Rivonia. Now I had company and my restlessness at night vanished. We kept at a distance during the day and rarely spoke to each other in the presence of people. Although we were both occupied with work we spent some evenings chatting about various problems and I used to look forward to these sessions.
One day I returned at midnight and as I drove in through the main gate I noticed that the outside
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