Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #540) - Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
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Title: Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #540)
Transcript: consulted from time to time but kept in the background. Reference was repeatedly made to the Manifesto of MK issued on its emergence and particularly the following: (insert page 21 of judgement 4+).
We defended ourselves on the basis of what the enemy knew, on what was unknown to the enemy and on the basis of the political situation in the country as we assessed it. We readily admitted what was known by the enemy to be true but we refused to give away any information we considered dangerous to our case or that might implicate others. To us the outcome of the case was a foregone conclusion and we fought not so much for an acquittal as to let the people of South Africa know that we were planning to overthrow white supremacy through armed revolution.
The document "Operation Mayibuye" (operation come back) immediately became the central issue between the State and ourselves, the State arguing that it formed the basis for all our plans while we held that it was still a draft and under discussion and had not been finally adopted by the time of the arrests.
It was a lengthy document and contained detailed plans for the waging of gurilla warfare and for full scale military operations against the government. It analysed the country's political situation and stressed that white supremacy could only be overthrown through armed revolution. It further analysed our terrain, and expressed the conviction that the plan was capable of fulfillment but only if the the whole apparatus of the movement both here and abroad was prepared to make unlimited
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