Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #529) - Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
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Title: Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #529)
Transcript: because the arrest which eventually led to that case took place in the 11th July 1963, almost a month after I was removed from the Island.
On our way to the Island in May we saw a poster announcing the formation of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU). This was exciting news for me. I was overjoyed that the Casablanca and Monrovia groups in the African states had sunk their differences and merged to form one group. During my tour of Africa there were already talks of unity which as far as I can recall emanated from the Casablanca group and in which Sekou Toure was playing a principal role. Oliver Tambo and I had arrived in Khartoum almost the same time with him on his return from seeing Emperor Haile Selassie whom he had visited to ask him to take the initiative in inviting the two groups to a unity meeting. I felt that this development would have a powerful impact not only in the world bodies but more particularly in regard to our own struggle here in South Africa.
South Africa's history includes many famous political trials. There was the case of Mampuru, the rightful heir to the Bapedi throne, who was executed for public violence and murder of Sekhukhune in 1883 and who gave Commandant General P.J. Joubert and his burghers a lesson in mobile warfare. There was also that of Langalibalele in 1874, the Hlubi Chief who was convicted by a special court for rebelling against the Natal authorities and exiled to Robben Island. Dinizulu, the Zulu King, was sentenced in 1907 on 23 counts of treason. There was also the C.C. Stassen case following the 1922 strike on the Witswaterrand in which Stassen and 4 others were sentenced to death. One of the recent political trials which had a significant impact was the marathon Treason
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