Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #191) - Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
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Title: Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #191)
Transcript: Its aim was to co ordinate the activities of our respective organisations and to plan joint action. It also conducted research on a wide variety of topics and made the information avaiable to all the Congresses.
Its co ordination and constant consultation not only enabled us to keep abreast with national and international developments but more than compensated for the existence of separate political organisations, each serving a specific national group, and put us in a far better position to work for a united South Africa more fruitfully than all the so called non racial organisations in the country put together.
From the beginning of the 50s the ANC and its allies were highly active and our prestige shot up considerably. The Congress movement overhadowed all the other political organisations in the country, inside and outside the parliament, in its efforts to unite the people of South Africa on a democratic non racial programme, in exposing the evils of apartheid and isolating the enemy. As 1955 tailed towards its end and as the ANC and its freedom army grew from strength to strength in spite of all the attempts of the enemy to crush the organisation, we had no illusions whatsoever as to what was coming. We felt sure that the enemy could strike soon and we prepared to parry the blows, to choose our own field of battle, the moment to strike back when the hour arrived to do so with everything within our reach.
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