Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #370) - Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
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Title: Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #370)
Transcript: statement he had made in the magistrates court to the effect that members of his organisation would not defend cases. His efforts to appeal to the Appellate Division, the country's highest court of appeal were unsuccesful. In Vereeniging Nyakale Tsolo and his colleagues were also convicted as well as Phillip Kgosana and others in Cape Town. Again in spite of their slogan "No bail, Nodefence, No fine" they were all released on bail and later fled to the then Basutholand. In subsequent political trials the PAC completely abandoned their slogan, applied for bail, instructed white lawyers to defend them (the very practice for which they had vociferously condemned the ANC) and paid fines wherever they could. The slogan was by no means a well thought out tactic but ab opportunistic technique to rally support and to create the impression that they were fire eaters. They abandoned it as soon as they tasted the hardships of jail life.
Four days before the demonstrations were launched Sobukwe advised us of the contemplated campaign and asked us to join him. In fact he did not want our co operation and the whole move was a tactical one to anticipate the criticism that would be made that they did not invite the ANC. He told us at the last moment when he was sure we could not call a members conference to discuss the matter, when we could not mobilise the public and when we would not even have sufficient to even summon a meeting of our National Executive before the start of the demonstration. We however replied that the ANC was already engaged in its own campaign and declined Sobukwe's invitation.
In spite of their inconsistency, amateurishness and stunts the PAC rank and file showed a lot of
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