Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #556) - Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
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Title: Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #556)
Transcript: political beliefs, illustrating their propaganda lecture by means of carefully selected documents. In my case they showed her my manuscript "How to be a Good Communist" and expressly labelled me a communist. Unfortunately for the prosecution Professor Carter knew a little more than him about the country's politics and even more important the defence lawyers were also in contact with her.
As we entered the court one afternoon she was sitting with her colleague Professor T. Karis in the jury box. I had last seen her in the early 50s when she visited the country to collect material for her "Politics of Inequality" and I had helped her in gathering some of the material she required. Although the judge had already taken his seet I could not resist the temptation to wave to her.
It was her first occasion to attend court proceedings and she came at the right moment when Vernon Berrange was cross examining Peter Nobomvu, a convicted political prisoner who was serving a sentence of 15 year on this Island for sabotage. He had now sold out and was giving evidence against his own colleagues. Vernon's cross examination was ferocious and tore Nobomvu's evidence to shreds. Whenever the witness was caught out Professor Carter could not hide her delight and would lean forward smiling like a young girl. As we left the court that day we again waved to each other. The next day the jury box was cleared and even the VIPs sat amongst the spectators behind us an admission that the State efforts to win friends in this matter had badly misfired. Indeed as a result of the Rivonia trial she became o firm and active supporter of our cause and also maintained close personal contact with Zami. Rebuffed and disappointed by her stand the
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