Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #464) - Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
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Title: Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #464)
Transcript: Although he accepted the invitation he did not come. I was surprised at the amount of information the students possessed on South Africa. Not only did they ask general questions on apartheid and developments in the Transkei but they closely questioned me on men like Chiefs Botha Sigcau and Daliwonga Mathanzima and Knowledge Guzama.
One of the persons I was pleased to meet at Addis Ababa was Reverend Michael Scot, the Anglican priest who lost his appointment in the Church (check) because he tried to follow on the footsteps of Jesus Christ and went all out to fight the demon of racialism. He took part in the 1946 Passive Resistance Campaign and was jailed for that, and shortly after he was released, he lived with the squatters in Orlando under conditions of filth and squalor. For a fortnight he lived with me in my Orlando home. He was also active in the struggle of the people of South West Africa against South Africa and did excellent work, including helping in collecting material, drawing up petitions and presenting them to the UN. Not only did he become a great friend of the late Chief Hosea Kutako who led the resistance of the South West African people but he became a popular figure in Southern Africa known for the strength of his beliefs, his uprightness and willingness to pay the penalty for his beliefs. Although our delegation had a heavy programme we tried to entertain him and make him at home as far as we could.
Oliver and I had an important discussion with Kenneth Kaunda in the course of which the leader of UNIP made flattering remarks about the head of our organisation, Chief Luthuli. Just like Julius Nyerere he was worried by divisions among South African freedom fighters and expressed the hope
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