Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #405) - Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
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Title: Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #405)
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During the second half of 1960 Chief Luthuli, Professor Z.A. Matthews, Duma Nokwe (?) and W.B. Ngakane sponsored a conference of African leaders to review the political situation in the country and to demand the calling of a National Convention of all South Africans to draw up a nonracial and democratic constitution. After the proposal had been publicised in the press the Working Committee of the ANC instructed me to negotiate with the PAC to participate in the conference. At the time Robert Sobukwe was in jail and I went to see Z.B. Molete who led the PAC in the absence of their president.
Z.B. Molete felt the time had come for the two organisations to find a suitable formula to work together and thought the proposed conference was a step in that direction. But he criticised us for publicising and introducing the move as an ANC matter and thereafter inviting his organisation to take part. However he thought the suggestion was important enough to be examined on merit and not upon the point of view of the mistake we had made in launching it. He informed me that his colleague Philip Kgosana and others were coming up from Cape Town when they would discuss the suggestion and that they could later advise us. Soon after this he told me that his organisation would overlook the mistake and take part in the conference which was ultimately held in Orlando in December 1960.
Reverend B.N. Tantsi presided at the conference which was attended by political, religious,
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