Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #597) - Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
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Title: Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #597)
Transcript: had to go back several times to be refreshed on some point or to get further details. The reader will be surprised to know that often I have been supplied with new editions to information previously given to me. We have had to same experience with the same stories we have been telling one another during the same period and new versions keep on coming up all the time.
(8) Although general members meetings are difficult to arrange we do have the positive advantage of amply opportunity to discuss a variety of issues informally as individuals. These exchanges have been extremely valuable and have helped a great deal in promoting a common approach to numerous questions. Initially the assumption was prevalent that we understood basic issues in the same way and were often surprised to learn that we had different interpretations even in regard to some of the important demands of the Charter. I still remember a discussion I had in the mid 60s with two senior colleagues who stated that the Charted demanded the nationalisation of the land. When I challenged this statement they were both shocked and furious and took me up on the matter. We were working with picks and shovels and I thought I should be a bit careful not to press them hard against the wall. Differences have arisen not only in regard to the question of how guerilla warfare should start but on the theoratical approach to the question of tactics arising from the implementation of separate development with specific reference to the question of separate institutions. Two views emerged and one tended to be identical with that of the NEUM and regarded any form of participation in apartheid institutions, whether for the purpose of destroying them from within or using them as platforms to propogate our own ideas or reaching the masses of the people, with collaborating or selling out to the enemy. They maintained that those people who
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