Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #552) - Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
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Title: Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #552)
Transcript: I did not want to embarrass the judge by telling him that I considered Jimmy's arrest a shame and an attempt to intimidate progressive lawyers who acted for government opponents. Such progressive professional men have been unpopular with the government and have been victimized in various ways. The Minister of Justice refused to grant silk to Vernon Berrange, a prominent barrister, who has featured in many important political trials in the country. Several attempts were made on the life of attorney Joel Carlson by elements which may be regarded as supporters of the Nats and whose actions obviously enjoyed police approval.
Jimmy was the brother in law of Harold Wolpe and at the time of Jimmy's arrest Harold was working as his professional assistant. Files of people belonging to the Congress movement were handled mainly by Harold and there was no reason whatsoever for charging the whole firm for any transaction to which the police objected. He was discharged at the end of the State case. We were all happy when this happened and warmly shook hands with him. I am godfather to their eldest daughter Tanya, a godfather who has never seen his godchild, who cannot carry out his responsibilities towards her and who cannot even send her a box of chocolates. All that I can do is think of her lovingly and wonder whether she looks like her Mum Barbara or her Pa. But to return to Jimmy. Just before we parted that day we exchanged ties. He was a clothing connoisseur and compared with his mine was like a material of clay to that of silver.
One of the leading figures of the ANC in the Eastern Cape, a member of the Central Committee of the CP and a trade unionist was Raymond Mhlaba, who was employed as an attorneys clerk in Port
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