Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #374) - Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
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Title: Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #374)
Transcript: But viewed from the angle of the freedom struggle as a whole they acted as wreckers and saboteurs. Although their activities were centred mainly in Cape Town and Vereeniging, with a handful of followers in Johannesburg, Pretoria and Ladysmith, they divided the people at a critical moment and the day of decision for which the people had laboured so long never arrived. The PAC was to play diversive role in many subsequent campaigns asking the people to go to work when we called general strikes, condemning acts of sabotage when we first launched them and making dramatic and misleading statements to counter any announcements we made which might have an impact on the people. From the opportunistic way they started their campaign it became clear that the problems of disunity had deepened, that from now on we would deal with a group that would act independently. The malicious attacks made by Sobukwe on the ANC during his trial indicated the tremendous hostility he harboured against the ANC. We realised that for many years to come we would have to work for unity far harder than ever before.
But the factional activities of the PAC, like those of the Unity Movement and its affiliates, have left the ANC in a stronger and commanding position than ever before. Of course, internally it has taken severe knocks especially since it was declared illegal in April 1960. None the less it is prosecuting the struggle against the enemy at home and abroad and has kept the freedom flames alight raising hope in the minds of the people that the day of decision will surely come. In the meantime the PAC is handicapped in its work by the wild and misleading promises it has repeatedly made in the past and which it never carried out. If it does not immediately adjust its position it will certainly suffer
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