Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #90) - Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
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Title: Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #90)
Transcript: The position in regard to the Coloureds is the same. Apart from the general demand for political rights, the main grievances of the Coloured man today arise out of the classification law and job reservation. Under the former the relevant authorities may classify one as white, Coloured, Indian or African. Inour country whilst many Coloureds may consider it an honour to be classified as white, they consider it a tragedy to be declared African and the latter not the former, is the real purpose of the classification law. Under Job Reservation certain categories of work may be reserved for a particular racial group, the whites for example. In this way the blacks, particularly Coloureds, have lost or been debarred from taking well paying jobs. Those who wish to mobilise the support of the Coloured masses will make issues of this matter a focal point of political agitation.
The most immediate lesson to be drawn from the above outline is that the existing political organisations in the liberation movement are essential for the mobilisation of the oppressed people and to prepare them for the rise of a single organisation which will serve as a mouthpiece for all the oppressed groups. In present day South Africa, the issues facing each group can only be effectively taken up by the organisation that caters mainly for that group. The African masses can only be reached by the ANC, the Coloureds by the CPC, Indians by the SAIC to which the PIC and NIC are affiliated and the whites by the SACOD. In our external work patterns of organisation are already being developed which unmistakably show the direction of our efforts towards the goal of ultimate unity, but the internal situation today confirms the wisdom and foresight behind the Xuma Dadoo Naicker Pact.
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