Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #455) - Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
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Title: Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #455)
Transcript: was too impatient to wait another 10 years. Jaja Wachuku was also heavily attacked by his own party the NCNC for his proposal.
Oliver and I had a lengthy discussion with him and he defended his point of view, pointing out that it was his firm conviction that at the time Africa was not in a position to do any thing concrete to force South Africa to abandon her policies except to condemn her publicly and push her out of world bodies. But he felt that something more than that was required to destroy apartheid and bring about democratic changes in the country and that it was this aspect that had influenced him in making his proposal.
Looking back now I still think his views were wrong even though 14 years have elapsed since our discussion without any real changes whatsoever in race discrimination in the country. But I also think he understood our problems far more clearly than most African statesmen I met at the time and was certainly one of our best friends and an able man.
Mr. McCewan (?) Secretary General of the NCNC made a suggestion that was to be strongly urged on me by the Vice President and Minister of Defence Belkacem Krim and the Minister of Information Yazid Mohamed when the late Robbie Resha and I visited the headquarters of the Algerian Provisional Government in Tunisia. He thought that the ANC should open its doors to whites who supported the struggle for full equality and make our bid for political power less costly. The same point was made in Cairo when the late Robbie, Mzwayi and I met Reuben Kamanga
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