Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #126) - Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
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Title: Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #126)
Transcript: Not all blacks supported the Campaign and there were political organisations that opposed us as vehemently as the white parties. Foremost amongst these was the NEUM, which was also the most abusive in its condemnation. The NEUM attacked defiers as leader goats, quislings, imperialist lackeys and also condemned the internationalisation of our affairs which resulted from our efforts to bring the apartheid question before the United Nations through sympathetic governments. But the Congresses have since the formation of the NEUM 34 years ago deliberately refrained from attacking them except merely to reply to their invective whenever necessary. On the contrary, in spite of the NEUM's hostility to all forms of mass action we repeatedly invited them to unity talks and to participate in joint campaigns without success.
We were also attacked by the National Minded Bloc of Selope Thema, a former member of the national executive of the ANC and the NRC, who broke away from the ANC when J.B. Marks, a well known Marxist was elected president of the Transvaal ANC. The Bloc was anti communist and anti Indian and refused to work together with these elements. When he broke away Selope Thema was editor of "Bantu World" and some of his editorials were very critical of the Campaign. His breakaway at an old age from an organisation he had helped build up was an anti climax in his career, fo he was undoubtedly a brilliant and fearless fighter for African rights. At various periods in the past he had been speaker of the ANC and member of the national executive and a member of the NRC throughout the 15 year existence of this statutory body. To this day and in spite of his serious error of judgement he committed he is regarded as a worth heroe whose good work has
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