Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #401) - Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
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Title: Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #401)
Transcript: questions. I hoped for the rise of more Bram Fischers, Andre Brinks who would be willing to work with us and create a new South Africa.
I believe today there are growing numbers of Afrikaners, amongst whom are industrialists, churchmen, university professors and other intellectuals, writers, farmers, students and women and even amongst Nat politicians who realise that separate development is by no means a solution and who strive for better solutions. But the traditionals are still too powerful and their hold on the party machine too tight for real changes to be brought about by mere debate within the inner councils of the party. Unfortunately those who were courageous enough to challenge the Party openly and put forward a relatively progressive policy were immediately snuffed out and forgotten.
Albert Hertzog had the courage to defy the Party line, and being the son of an esteemed former premier, he probably had the status to lead a substantial breakaway group, and thus weaken the Nat Party. But he advocated mediaeval policies which proved to be unacceptable even to the backward Nat voters. He and his Herstigte Nasionale Parter (check spelling) could hardly get off the ground and remains small and ineffective. Whatever may be happening inside the Party 15 years after the proclamation of the republic, on the surface the Nats remain united and the hope of the appearance of a group with a non racial and democratic programme seems remote. Although they are relaxing in the field of sports and other unimportant spheres they still cling firmly to white supremacy and they are turning the country into an armed fortress to defend apartheid. They have only recently increased the military budget to an unprecedented level, at the cost of neglecting numerous
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