Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #564) - Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
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Title: Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #564)
Transcript: victorious from the conflict.
We also reminded the leadership outside prison of the warning given at the Durban meeting of the Joint Executives in June 1961 to the effect that the beginning of acts of sabotage should not be used as an excuse for abandoning the important work of political organisation. The point had been repeatedly expressed by many speakers at that meeting that the new sabotage organisation could make no real impact if it were not backed up by a strong political movement and that the success of the new phase of activities presupposed the strengthening of the existing political organisations.
We pointed out that in forming MK we had made precisely that mistake, drained the political organisations of their enthusiastic and experienced men, concentrated all our attention on the new organisation and neglected our normal but vital task of building up a strong and effective machinery throughout the country. It seemed to us that unless this central task was tackled immediately our problems would continue to grow and solutions become correspondingly more difficult.
As far as the start of guerilla warfare was concerned two diametrically opposed views emerged. Govan and Raymond argued that the struggle was here at home and that guerilla operations should be waged from bases situated inside the country. They pointed out that in all countries where this form of struggle had been used it had been waged from inside the particular country concerned and they insisted that this was what we should do. In support of their argument they quoted the examples of Algeria, China, Cuba, Cyprus, Israel and Vietnam where they said this principle had
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