Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #423) - Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
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Title: Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #423)
Transcript: people and MK chose this significant date to launch it first attack on the enemy.
Many speakers at both the meeting of the National Executive of the ANC and the Joint Executives in June, including Chief Luthuli, Monty Naicker and Moses Kotane, repeatedly warned against the likely error of using the new phase as an excuse for neglecting the essential task of political organisation and the use of conventional methods of struggle, like strikes and other forms of mass mobilisation. It was stressed that acts of sabotage would only have an impact if they were under proper political direction and this meant that the existing political organisations should be put on an even stronger level than ever before.
It has been said by some that Chief Luthuli was against violence and the MK in particular. Nothing could be further from the truth and he made his point quite clear at the June meeting of the Joint Executives when he hit back against one who made this insinuation. "If anybody thinks I am a pacifist, let him go and take my chickens; he will know how wrong he is". After the emergence of MK a reporter asked him whether he was prepared to condemn acts of sabotage and he unequivocally refused to do so.
At the meeting of the National Executive of the ANC he criticised the statement I had made to the Rand Daily Mail on May 29th to the effect that we had closed a chapter, on the ground that such a statement raised an important matter which should have first beeen discussed by the organisation before a public announcement was made, a point which was perfectly sound and which I expressly
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