Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #551) - Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
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Title: Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #551)
Transcript: was a marxist and worked for the lifting of the colour bar and the granting of equal rights and opportunities for all.
He told the court that there were times when a non violent policy was wrong and that from 1960 many people had advocated violence. He held the government responsible for this because it would not listen to the people's demands. He admitted that he had read the Manifesto of MK and regarded it as a responsible and well considered statement of a semi military nature. He further admitted that he had gone to Rivonia to supervise alterations and he saw me living there. He said he had known that I had been in hiding since about June 1961, that he had spoken to me a couple of times at Rivonia and also gave me books to read. On the day of the arrests he had gone to Rivonia at the invitation of Bob Hepple to attend a meeting in order to discuss the 90 Day Detention Law. The court accepted his evidence and he was discharged.
A judge who spoke to me on Robben Island remarked in the course of the conversation that the arrest of James Kantor a white attorney who was accused number 8 in the Rivonia trial was unfortunate for his interests differed from our in many respects and added that politically he never was one of us. I fully agreed with the judge but told him that although the police had no reason whatsoever for arresting him and although I knew their motives quite well for prosecuting him he was nevertheless a man who understood and fully supported the struggle of the black manfor equal rights and the removal of the colour bar.
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