Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #584) - Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
Welcome to the Nelson Mandela Digital Archive Project. Our aim is to locate, document, digitise, and provide access to all archival materials related to Nelson Mandela. This is a work in progress. Here is a selection of materials arranged in exhibits for your enjoyment.
Title: Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #584)
(F) the membership of the Congress movement in this section has varied from time to time but in August 1975 we were 24 in all.
6. Before our arrival here we knew some PAC members especially Zeph who was an old ANC member and Selby who was on the National Executive of the PAC. We knew nobody in the NLF except by name when they were on trial but I knew Fikile Bam's family.
7. In our view the most immediate task on our arrival was that of unity of the ANC and the PAC and we thought that prison offered an ideal opportunity for discussions on the matter.
But at the time of our arrival and in spite of conscienttious efforts on the part of our membership, relations between the two organisations were bad due to the PAC's constant and vicious attacks on us and refusal to co operate (? anti communism, anti Indian?). Some of its senior members were reported to have openly stated during the Rivonia trial that they wished we were all hanged.
8. According to reports we received on our arrival the NLF group led by Dr.Neville Alexander hoped to unite both ANC and PAC under their leadership. But when their illusions were dipelled they invariably linked up with the PAC on all issues in which the Congress movement differed with the PAC. Examples appear below.
Extent and Medium: 1 page