Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #419) - Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
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Title: Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #419)
Transcript: And as the final coercive measure the army was called out in what was undoubtedly the greatest peace time show of force in South Africa's history. Military units were posted at strategic places in the townships while Saracen tanks patrolled up and down the streets.
As the day of the strike approached leading industrialists, and managers of non European Affairs Departments joined the police chiefs and made similar appeals assuring those who ignored the strike call of police protection. Except for "New Age" and "Contact" the entire English language press crumbled on the eve of the strike and also asked workers to go to work. This has always been the pattern. The press starting off by giving fairly objective reports but when they saw the build up of the campaign and the people everywhere talking about action they soon changed their line.
What however shocked the people more than the sumersaulting of the press was the role the PAC played in this campaign. We can appreciate a political organisation from the liberation movement ddisagreeing with a particular action and making its attitudes known to the public, even when we think they are completely wrong in their stand. But to try to break a strike by calling upon the people to go to work serves the interests of the enemy and not of the oppressed and this is precisely what the PAC did.
Their leaflets were distributed in all the important centres throughout the country including the Transkei appealing to Africans to go to work. There were even rumours that top PAC men were seen in police company distributing this literature. Apart from the rumours, a vast quantity of
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