Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #594) - Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
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Title: Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #594)
Transcript: your manuscript and give them the opportunity of stating their own views on any controversial issue discussed so that the facts themselves may accurately reflect the standpoints of all concerned; whatever may be the comments of the writer on those facts. Unfortunately the conditions in which I have written this story, especially security considerations, made it impossible to consult any but a handful of my friends.
(4) At the outset I must make the point that all my colleagues on Robben Island are courageous and determined men who are giving a good account of themselves under difficult conditions. In any country to try and champion the cause of the oppressed is no small sacrifice and exposes one to numerous dangers and indignities. But you have to be a black prisoner in a South African jail to know how wicked the white man can be. My colleagues are men who have thrown themselves into the political struggle with full knowledge of all the risks that are involved.
(5) Having lived with them here for more than a decade the overall impression that I have gained is that whatever weaknesses they have and mistakes they have committed they are all men of integrity and principle and whose outlook and actions are shaped mainly by the noble aim of building a South Africa where all its people can live together in peace and harmony. Whatever theoretical and practical problems we have had amongst ourselves we have always been able to penetrate our defence lines. Naturally under the difficult conditions in which we have lived for many years there may have been on or two, but only one or two, who in their frustration consciously or unconcsiously may have revealed to outsiders that we have seriou differences on questions of
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