Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #569) - Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
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Title: Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #569)
Transcript: fundamental point which revolutionaries should always have uppermost in their minds.
But the practical problem was that we had created MK and started acts of sabotage, that MK inside the country had taken severe knocks from the enemy and that acts of sabotage were already petering out, that many of our men were either in jail or out of the country. Why was it that we were unable to save MK and to continue waging acts of sabotage under cover of the people's support? Was it realistic for us to insist that the armed struggle should be waged from inside the country without investigating this question and solving it?
The question of the beginning of the armed struggle and that of the boycott of apartheid institutions was to bacome a bone of contention among us throughout our prison life and up to the present moment the theoretical questions have not been resolved. But we are all agreed that our organisation has the matter in hand and we are confident that in the near future South Africa will again shake under the hammer blows of our armed forces.
Soon after the Rivonia trial the enemy launched a campaign to counter the magnificent impact the trial had made on the public here and abroad. Judge Claasens (check?) published a book on our trial and the name of Bruno Mtolo was used to bring out a second one on the case while a company made a film, all of which protrayed us, I believe, as communist stooges who did not know what they were doing.
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