Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #417) - Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
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Title: Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #417)
Transcript: that correctly interpreted our situation. At the two executive meetings in Durban I had the advantage of having travelled throughout the country and spoken to many of our people in the course of which I became aware that some of our dedicated men were becoming impatient with passive forms of action. I had realised that this was a trend that had come to stay and that in due course it would become irresistible. The very reckless and opportunistic actions of the PAC that we condemned would also tend to influence a substantial section of our people to force the pace.
I was inclined to the first view, but I felt that a departure from a tactic we had used for more than a decade without fuller discussion could bring many problems at crucial moments. The contemplated strike we were discussing was just more than a month away and in my opinion we needed more time to explain the new line to our own forces and to rally them behind us. I drew attention to the fact that the All In African National Action Council, the official body handling the whole affair, and whose personnel was not identical with that of the Congress movement had not even been consulted about the matter, that the delegates at the Pietermaritzburg Conference who would lay an important role in organising of the strike had not been prepared at all for the suggested tactical changes and finally urged that we should stick to the beaten track.
After the Pietermaritzburg Conference I sent Verwoerd a copy of the resolution under a covering letter in which I formally asked him to call the Convention and in which I warned that if he failed to do so, we would stage a 3 day strike as from May 29th. (Check letter and fill up). On myreturn from Durban and in consultation with Julius Mali, chairman of the AANAC I issued a press statement
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