Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #93) - Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
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Title: Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #93)
Transcript: of tensions and civil strife. We prepared for action and the 1949 programme was the corner stone of our campaign of mass mobilisation.
The programme was sponsored mainly by the League and a few weeks before the 1949 conference Walter Sisulu, Peter Mda (according to Walter Sisulu the third person was Oliver Tambo and not Peter Mda. check) and I had a long and stormy session with Dr. Xuma during which we promised to support him for re election to the presidency provided he supported the proposed programme. The over cautious veteran was adamant and maintained throughout that the proposed forms of mass action were premature and would merely give the government the excuse for crushing the movement. He resented the fact that we should lay down conditions on which we would vote for him and regarded such an approach as a form of blackmail. To our argument that Mahatma Gandhi and Pandit Nehru had won the independence of their countries through militant struggle and sacrifice, he replied that such action would in due course also come to South Africa but that for the moment such a step would be fatal. We reached a deadlock. At the conference the League voted for Dr. J.S. Moroka who readily accepted the programme and Dr. Xuma was defeated. The new secretary was Walter Sisulu and Dr. S.M. Molema became the treasurer. Oliver Tambo was one of the younger men to be elected to the antional executive.
The 1949 programme of action was to bring about changes not only in the ANC but in the League itself. Personalities whose learning and oratory had dominated the mother body for many years and the League were to fade away with the approach of the conflict and new blood that was carved out
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