Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #456) - Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
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Title: Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #456)
Transcript: Samuel Kapwepwe and George Silundika. But we explained to all of them that our goal was a non racial society and that on the basis of our own situation we had created an efficient machinery to achieve the same purpose.
From Lagos we flew to the PAFMECSA Conference and I was happy to meet Joshua Nkomo at the airport on his way to the UN. Although we had often met when he was at the Jan Hofmeyr School of Social Work in Johannesburg and showed interest in political issues I never suspected that he would feature so prominently in his country's politics.
On the plane I met Peter Molotsi, Gaur Radebe and other members of the PAC and from their reaction it was clear that our security precautions in Lagos were quite good. They were all surprised to see me. Our patriots immediately overwhelmed us and freedom charters and Africanist society rhymes receded into the background. High up in the skies and flying over jungles in foreign countries, South Africa bound us together like one family, all zealous about our country's freedom and we chatted away friendly all along the way.
I had not met Gaur for many years before he left the country and meeting him as we flew across the continent aroused fond memories. I felt the same way towards him as I did when I met Hymie Basner to whom I was professional assistant in the early 50s, on our way to Lagos. They were both courageous men who spoke out openly against the evils of colour inequality, even if we did not always approve of what they did and said. I thought they were too old to be exposed to the strains
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