Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #128) - Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
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Title: Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #128)
Transcript: sergeant even wormed his way right into the national headquarters, cleaning the offices and running errands. In the process he must have removed valuable documents and given away much information that we would not have liked the enemy to possess. He even defied with Flag Boshielo's batch and we spent the first night at Marshall Square with him.
The real purpose of checking volunteers was to make sure that agents provocateurs did not slip through and that the Campaign was run on disciplined and non violent lines. That there was not a single act of violence on our side during the course of the entire Campaign is a measure of our success in this regard. During the Treason Trial that subsequently followed, the Crown, as the State then was, made a desperate and unsuccessful bid to hold us responsible for the riots that occured in Port Elizabeth, East London and Kimberley during the Campaign. Many stool pigeaons, who infiltrated the volunteer corps, were rendered harmless by the fact that we really had little to hide and gave wide publicity to our plans and actions.
Nevertheless the Campaign had a fine run and for 6 months it dominated the country's politics and was the main subject of discussion. By 1953 there were clear signs that it had reached a low ebb and we formally called it off.
The NEUM attacked the Campaign on the grounds that it was not a revolutionary but a Ganhian method of struggle designed to make the mass of the people submissive to authority and unable to defent themselves; that in the special conditions where we were dealing with a vicious government
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