Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #380) - Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
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Title: Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #380)
Transcript: semi illegal conditions. In denouncing extra parliamentary methods they made no suggestions whatsoever as to alternative means blacks could use and the impression was gained was that political struggle had now become the monopoly of parliamentary parties and those who had the votes. (Check: did they condemn communism as well?) This alienated many blacks who otherwise would have given the new party their full support, and from the point of view of gaining new members other than whites it made even less headway than the Liberal Party.
There was an even more fundamental error in their condemnation of extra parliamentary action and in putting much reliance on the ballot box. An examination of the actions of the Nats during the last 28 years in which they have been in power suggests that they regard themselves not only as a government that owes its authority to white votes, but as hereditary and permanent heirs of Afrikanerdom who will cling to power no matter what the majority of voters may say in the future.
Their contempt for the democratic process of government has been demonstrated by numerous incidents and they have long been preparing to entrench themselves in power in order to deal with any pressures of liberalism that may threaten their position even if that threat is constitutionally exercised. When the Appellate Division decided against them in the Coloured Vote Case cabinet ministers publicly insulted the judges of the country's highest court as decrepid men and on top of that created a packed court which superseded the jurisdiction of the Appellate Division in constitutional cases.
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