Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #228) - Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
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Title: Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #228)
Transcript: Chapter 8: A Blueprint of Fragments
On my return from holiday I reported to the Working Committee of the ANC on my tour and impressions, covering all the places I had visited. I naturally concentrated on the Transkei where plans were already being mooted for the setting up of the country's first Territorial Authority.
In July 1955 and before I went on holiday I had written an article in the monthly magazine "Fighting Talk" under the title "Bluffing the Bunga into Apartheid" and had posed the question whether participation in apartheid institutions would not serve as a means of maintaining contact with the masses of the people in the affected areas, as platforms from which we could expose the policies of the governemnt and win our people over to the liberation movement.
My visit to the Transkei confirmed my views and I told the Working Committee that I did not think that as an organisation we were strong enough to halt the introduction of Bantu Authorities in that area and that, in the circumstances, a boycott from within was the best means of keeping the people of the Transkei aware of our point of view. I added that activities of the Security Police down there indicated that from now on our operations in the Transkei would be even more carefully watched by the enemy and the organisaton would soon be operating under semi legal conditions where our functionaries would be immobilised by restrictions as was happening in the rest of the country.This would oblige us to exploit all legal means at our disposal.
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