Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #357) - Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
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Title: Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #357)
Transcript: The undertaking to liberate the country by the end of 1963 and the call upon the people to be ready for the historic hour created the belief that Africans had at last produced a leadership that would fulfill all the fond hopes that were once aroused by Sekhukhune and Cetywayo, Maqomo and Montshiwa, by Dube, Kadalie, Xuma, Jabavu, Mosaka, Lembede and others.
The Western press and the American State Department hailed the emergence of the Young Turks, especially because of their anti communist attitude and the American Embassy in South Africa immeddiately fraternized with them. The Nats were in a dilemma. The attitude of the PAC on communism and Indians and their virulent criticism of the ANC was identical with theirs. The PAC's rejection of inter racial co operation in the struggle for political changes gave the Nats the satisfaction that their policy on separate development was being echoed by a group of intellectuals from right inside the liberation movement itself, and they saw in the new organisation a potential ally with whom they could settle and combine when the onslaught of the ANC becomes overwhelming.
In their glee over the appearance of this group both the Ameriacan State Department and the Nats went so far as to inflate their actual membership so as to give the false impression that the PAC was now the leading political organisation for Africans in the country. But at the same time the Nats were disturbed by the ultra militancy of these men whose pompous plans were designed to win within four years of their emergence what the black man had fight for for 3 centuries. They were potential allies that had to be carefully watched.
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