Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #525) - Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
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Title: Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #525)
Transcript: am almost certain I missed being assaulted by the brother because Kleynhans intervened and must have told him of this.
This happened while we were returning from work one day. Along the road we came across another large workspan of prisoneres, which was under the charge of the Kleynhans brother. This span, made up of a large number of non politicals, was engaged in carting sand with well barrows. We were ordered to halt while the two brothers had a chat. While they talked a prisoner was made to polish the Kleynhans brother's shoes. In the meantime dwe recognised some of the 13 men who were sentenced to death with Madinoge in the Sekhukhubneland peasant's resistance in 1958. Instinctively I turned round to get a better look at them. The other Kleynhans noticed this and rudely ordered me to look the other way. I do not know what my reaction would have been if the incident had taken place elsewhere, but here, in full view of those prisoners and especially in the sight of men who had put up such a courageous struggle against the hated Bantu Authorities system all my pride and anger was aroused. I defied the order and stood looking at them. The brother advanced menacingly. Before he could reach me he was stopped by his brother who whispered a few words to him and the incident passed.
Opposite our cell, just across the corridor was a cell occupied by a group of political prisoners belonging to the PAC. They were all young men between ages of 20 and 25, who came from the Transkei and had been arrested in Stellenbosch. In the evenings and when the coast was clear we used to converse through the windows. Among them was Nqabeni Menye, my nephew from
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