Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #542) - Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
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Title: Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #542)
Transcript: "Operation Mayibuye" was drafted I did not refer to it at all. I dealt briefly with the history of the ANC and its policy and the methods with particualr emphasis on the efforts it had made consistently for peaceful negotiation. I added that throughout its history it had consciously tried to avoid civil war. I concentrated on the history of MK which I explained was formed for the purpose of carrying out planned acts of sabotage and to prepare as a long term objective for guerilla warfare. I added that in persuance of this goal we sent out men for instruction in guerilla warfare and others for training in civil administration and other professions.
I referred to the bombing of private houses of pro government persons in Port Elizabeth and East London and pointed out that such acts were not in conformity with the policy of MK. (We do not know if this is still valid. Check). I also challenged the State allegation that Rivonia was the headquarters of MK and refuted the suggestion that the aims and objects of the ANC and the CP were the same, adding that that allegation had been disproved in the Treason Trial. I explained further that African nationalism and the concept of freedom and fulfillment for Africans were the inspiration of the ANC, that the final objective of the ANC was the Freedom Charter and that it had never called for radical changes in the economic structure of the country, nor condemned capitalist society. I distinguished the CP as an organisation that strove to build marxist socialism and that it regarded the Freedom Charter as a step in that direction and concluded that the two organisations worked closely because they had the common goal of destroying racial oppression.
I took the opportunity to publicly acknowledge the support we had received from the Socialist
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