Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #571) - Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
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Title: Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #571)
Transcript: (3) Add at suitable place: it had been decided that a prominent Johannesburg Q.C., Harold HAnson would address the court in mitigation. For this purpose he was given a copy of my address in advance. On reading it he was shocked and apparently remarked that the accused were in fact inviting the death sentence and there was no sense in a plea in mitigation.
Bram used his persuasive powers to convince him of the correctness of our attitude and eventually succeeded in getting him to undertake this task. Hanson made an eloquent plea and spoke with deep feeling and concern.
(4) Kathy's evidence: the second youngest of my fellow accused was Ahmed Kathadra who was only 34 when he was arrested and none of us in the Rivonia case was involved in politics at such an early age in life as he was.
He started at the age of 11 distributing leaflets and taking as much interest in politics as his age allowed. Born in the country dorp of Schweitzer Reyneke in the Western Transval he picked up friends among Africans and Afrikaners early in life.
He typifies the new generation of South Africans who have to close friends among all population groups and his flat at No. 13 Kholvad House in Johannesburg has been the centre where people from all walks of life, from inside and outside the Congress movement, Africans, Afrikaners,
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