Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #362) - Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
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Title: Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #362)
Transcript: toned down their anti communism and established friendly relations with the Communist Party of China and in fact received much material aid from Peking. Where then is the logic in spurning the hand of co operation with the South African Communist Party which is in the forefront of the freedom struggle? It is ironic that some of the very same PAC leaders who previously attacked the Freedom Charter as a "communist document" now criticise it as "capitalist dosument".
The SACP is one of the most radical, active and consistent political parties in this country, and has a far better record of service and achievment than those who now question its bona fides. For more than 50 years it has fought against all forms of oppression and fully identifies itself with the struggle of the oppressed peoples, emerging in the process as a bitter enemy of apartheid, a fact which the Nats acknowledged by declaring it illegal within two years of coming to power. To reject the co operation of a party with such a good record can only be due to the influence of our own background and of missionary education, to many years of anti communist indoctrination by the propaganda agencies of the enemy and to inability to think for ourselves in this regard.
Anti communism is a social disease most people educated in Western schools have inherited and as long as community leaders are trained only in such schools the ridiculous spectacle of freedom fighters who are chained to the patterns of thought current in the enemy camp will continue to play havoc with our own minds.
Finally the PAC argued that the ANC was a reformist organisation and that it had abandoned the
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