Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #387) - Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
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Title: Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #387)
Transcript: De Wet Nel also told the parliament that he had consulted Africans by sending out 3,000 copies of the White Paper on the Bill and 30,000 copies of the government magazine "Bantu" and that he had not received a single protest. At the time of this debate there were more than 10 million Africans in South Africa and the circulation of a mere 30,000 copies of such material was no means of consultation whatsoever. Apart from the fact the overwhelming majority of the Africans could neither read nor write, the circulation of this departmental material is up to the present day limited to chiefs and headmen, members of the Bantu Authorities, to schools and hardly ever reaches beyond these groups.)
But the real point is that De Wet Nel consciously suppressed the important fact that at that time some rural areas were in turmoil, fighting against the whole system of Bantu Authorities of which the Bill then before parliament formed the most far reaching development in the implementation of the policy of Bantu Authorities. One writer whose book is based substantially on a theses submitted for the degree of Master of Arts of a South African university, summarises the position as follows; ".....for the establishment of Bantu Authorities in many instances has not been voluntary establishment but imposition imposition that has been accompanied by government threats, by murder, violence, arson, tribal revolt and severe police action".
In these pages we have repeatedly referred to the 1958 revolt of the people of Zeerust, Sekhukhuneland and other areas and pointed out that in the former area Chief Abraham Moilwas
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