Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #563) - Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
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Title: Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #563)
Transcript: second point and 12 years after Rivonia the Nats are still insisting that we should fully serve our respective sentences.
Fighting a case and the threat of a capital sentence did not spare us from pressing political problems and our time was often divided between legal consultations and discussions of political matters whenever our lawyers were not present.
The future of sabotage activities came up for discussion quite early during the trial. A large number of leading MK men had been arrested and others had fled and although there were some active units that were doing well the precautions taken by the enemy had made operations quite difficult. There was also the view that the continuation of acts of sabotage would create a dangerous atmosphere for the trial and that a judgement delivered in the midst of violent explosions in various parts of the country might easily go to the other extreme and we recommanded their suspension.
The view was also expressed that mere acts of sabotage unaccompanied by armed struggle could never be effective and that their continuation before the actual commencement of ghuerilla warfare merely exposed our people to the enemy withou equiping themselves with the weapons for their defence. Although we never reached a consensus on this question we nevertheless faced the reality that acts of sabotage were fizzling out mainly because the enemy had struck hard at MK and reduced it to a mere shadow of itself. We however warned against the danger of allowing the wave of activities to peter out and to leave the impression that it was the enemy that had emerged
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