Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #606) - Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
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Title: Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #606)
Transcript: uncompromising opponent of apartheid he has several times been banned, restricted, arrested and imprisoned. He is always willing to take risks and shoulder responsibilities and to apy the penalty where many would hesitate. He was given a "double" demotion in his grouping by the prison authorities. Although he tries to avoid confrontations for the sake of harmony and is ofter unpredictable he is courageous and can stand up to any man. He is honest in both political and personal matters and once he accepts a challenge his tongue can be ferocious. He is witty, humurous and sharp at repartie. In the course of cross examining him in the Rivonia Trial Percy Yutar, of Jewish origin, asked him what he thought if a little girl was killed by a bomb placed by a saboteur. "The same thing that would happen to a little Jewish girl", Kathy hit back. In my diary which was a court exhibit there was an uncomplimentary entry relating to a certain "K" and Yutar pit it to him that it referred to me. When Kathy rightly denied the allegation Yutar asked if he knew anybody with a surname that started with the letter "K". "Yes, Kruschev", replied Kathy blandly. He has the capacity for establishing long lasting friendships with people both inside and outside the movement. I like friends who have independent minds because they tend to make you see problems from all angles and this is one of his qualities. He is intelligent and is one of the two of my fellow prisoners who came here without a degree but will leave with at least two which he has already obtained. For a marxist he has a surprising aversion for theory and tends to scoff at those who attach importance to theoretical problems, a weakness which sets limits to an otherwise brilliant political career. I am proud of our friendship and he was one of the men who made it easy for me to leave Zami and the children behind and go underground because I knew that I had left her with faithfull friends who would never desert her at the worst of moments. People have said
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