Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #570) - Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
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Title: Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #570)
Transcript: But that fairy tale was already buried by the Treason Trial and its ghost exorcised by the magnificent performance of our men in the Rivonia trial itself under the full glare of public interest which followed the proceedings from day to day and in which we turned tables against the enemy. To this day whatever mendacious propaganda thye may be spreading, using judges of the Supreme Court and police agents, they have not recovered from the hard blows we struck them at the Rivonia trial and they live in constant fear of us.
In 1966 the government tried to list me as a communist under the Suppression of Communism Act on the ground of my 1952 conviction for the Defiance Campaign and they immediately withdrew when I threatened to go to court to expose their malicious manoeuvres. Later the Secretary for Justice, again acting under the Suppression of Communism Act applied for my name to ne removed from the roll of attorneys on account of my conviction in the Rivonia trial. Again they pulled in their horns when I threatened to oppose the application in person from prison. In both cases they acted in a cowardly fashion and tried to take advantage of my incarceration to launch vindictive attacks against me.
(1) On all evidence of accused from record add portions that bring out the political character of the evidence.
(2) Add re invitation of Mrs Sisulu to British Embassy function this drew hostile comment from the Nat press and other government sources.
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