Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #539) - Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
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Title: Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #539)
Transcript: patriots do fight for the right to decide our own affairs. They had to throw dirt and lies to divert public attention from the real issues and Mtolo willingly played his role.
He told the court that in the course of my remarks to the Natal Regional Command I had indicated to them that I had met Col. Boumedienne, the Commander in Chief of the Algerian army of liberation and that he was a communist, and that I had urged them also to be communists but not to disclose their views publicly. He added that I had reminded them about the case of Eric Mtshali who was stranded in Dar es Salaam because he made precisely that mistake. In fact I never said anything of the sort other than that I had seen an article in "Time" magazine which had described Boumedienne as a marxist.
I was also identified by Thomas Mashifane and Arthur's domestic assistants. I cannot be sure whether or not Jellyman failed to point me out deliberately for he knew me well, except that at Rivonia I had always dressed in an overall and had a beard.
The State evidence showed that MK had a High Command situated in Johannesburg and four Regional Commands; that the various Regional Commands selected targets to be attacked, instructed people in the manufacture and use of explosives, that symbols of apartheid which included government buildings, electric and phone cables, communications, railway signals installations, etc. were destroyed; that MK sent out recruits for military training; that I was the prime mover in setting up MK; that Chief Luthuli was kept informed about the activities of MK,
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