Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #604) - Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
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Title: Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #604)
Transcript: knowledge and experience not only on military and political affairs but even on matters of a general nature. Siegfried Bhengu, Mandla Masondo and Mobbs Gqirana who played an important role in bringing about a settlement of the dispute among us. Thompson Daweti, the all round sportsman who could hardly speak English when he came here but who now is almost fluent and well set for his Standard VI examinations at the end of 1976 and Salim Essop, the youngest member of the Congress movement here who, although like all youth is inclined to be rebellious and impatient is brilliant and articulate and likely to make a vauable contribution if he is properly guided. Laloo Chiba is certainly without peer in generosity and helpfullness to everybody both inside and outside the Congress movement. His eye is quick to see those in need. I hope Mac Maharaj with whom I have spent many happy moments will not be swollen headed if I speak frankly about his recognisable abilities. He has a first class brain and is here undoubtedly the leading marxist theoritician. I know of no other prisoner on this Island who has carried out his political work as enthusiastically as systematically as he has done during his 12 year sentence. The enjoyment of better privileges, having been one of the first to reach A Group and to buy groceries in this section, a fact which usually makes many otherwise vociferous men less loquatious about official cruelty, never dampened his enthusiasm for political work. The crual torture by the police before his conviction which has damaged his health did not stip him from constant skirmishes and these have resulted in the loss of his grouping. His excellent contribution to the political education of our men has more than compensated for his occasional moods, impatience and sharp tongue. Rrakgadi (=Aunty) Freda, the wife of the late Professor Matthews, in a letter to me once contrasted the diplomacy of Botswana with the agressiveness of other sections of the African people. I cannot
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