Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #577) - Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
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Title: Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #577)
Transcript: Twice spare diet once newspaper, once refusal to obey order (Kellerman). Isolation at work also Zeph and Mandla. (c) my personal experience does not indicate general treatment of prisoners but otherwise treatment as far as outfit, diet,work, sleeping equipment (until 2 years ago) the same. Position might worsen as political situation changes.
(7) Campaign to improve conditions: (a) result of 3 factors our own struggles as prisoners, of progressive forces outside prison including our organisation, Strachan case, press, Red Cross, Suzman's two visits and perhaps Prison Department itself. (b) lengthy discussion with Col. Wessels letter to COP. (c) letter to COP re assault on Ganya (PAC). (d) re Bogart bought off with double ration of food. (e) comprehensive memorandum to COP in 1965 warned to speak for myself. (f) Lieutenant Killian appeals to me and talks to others to work faster. (g) threatened to take legal action chief magistrate of Cape Town COP Minister of Justice. (h) hunger strike 1966 interview with officer commanding brought back. (i) establishment of channels of communication with main section and later D section. (j) brunt of enemy onslaught born by them no truth, or position of influence to rely upon. (k) frequently embarrased. Statements made by myself or our section published as contradicting main section and others. (l) practically every demonstration has started on that side. (m) recruiting ground for single cells.
(8) Transfer from one prison to another and visists to mainland: (a) deeply resented. Humiliating, inconvenient handcuffed. (b) Island cells better than elsewhere. (c) Channels of communication difficult to start afresh. (d) transfer has however positive advantages authotities fear it. (e)
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