Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #247) - Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
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Title: Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #247)
Transcript: you do?" I asked. We continued in this vein for some distance and, as we approached Langlaagte police station, he said: "Mandela, I have treated you well and I expect you to do the same. I don't like your jokes at all". I changed the subject.
After searching the office, he took me to Marshall Square where I had spent a few days in 1952. There I discovered that many people had been arrested and throughout the day people were being brought in. In the afternoon we bought a newspaper "The Star" and learnt that the raid was countrywide and that many others had been arrested on a charge of High Treason. People were flown in military planes from various centres in South Africa where they were arrested to Johannesburg where the trial was to be held. Among those who were arrested where Chief Luthuli, Monty Naicker, Reggie September, Piet Beyleveld, Lilian Ngoyi and Reverend Douglas Thompson, presidents of the ANC, SAIC, CPC, COD, the Women's Federation of South Africa and the South African Peace Council respectively. Piet Beyleveld was also president of SACTU. A week later Walter Sisulu and about 11 others were also arrested, bringing the total up to 156. There were 105 Africans, 21 Indians, 23 whites and 7 Coloureds. There were a few surprises in which some of our senior men were left free. Yusuf Dadoo, J.B.Marks, Michael Harmel, Yusuf Cachalia, Brian Bunting (editor of "New Age"), Hilda Watts, Dan Tloome, J.N.Singh and Ahmed Sader were inexplicably not arrested.
Ours was not the first political treason trial in the history of this country since 1910. The first of
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