Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #471) - Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
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Title: Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #471)
Transcript: paint a more accurate picture than we had done. Although Robbie at first doubted the wisdom of this line, arguing that we were not the PAC spokesman and that we should concentrate only on our organisation he finally appreciated the weight of my arguement.
I feared moving around in a foreign country without an escort and I would remain in our hotel until we had established official contact. I also wished to acquaint myself with the history and policy of the ruling party in each particular country, the Head of State, his policy speeches, and more particularly those related to race discrimination. I always had a busy programme reding up material and preparing memoranda for government officials. Immediately we booked in at a hotel in Tunis I kept to my room and started reading the literature I had collected from the Tunisian Embassy in Tripoli.
Robbie was different, had spent part of his youth in town and to him every city we visited was like Johannesburg. On this occasion, as on many others, he went out as soon as we booked in at the hotel. Having lived underground for some time I had become used to informal dress and both in Tripoli and Tunis I was in khakhi as agaisnt the smart suit Robbie wore. The hotel manager received us coldly and certainly did not like me. A few hours after our arrival but before Robbie returned, an excited manager literally burst into my room and told me that we were government guests and that I could order anything I wanted. Robbie had found his way right up to the official residence of Bardi (?) Ladgan, Vice President and Minister of Defence as well as Secretary of the Neo Destor Party. We met him the following day.
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