Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #485) - Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
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Title: Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #485)
Transcript: I now wanted to go to the United Kingdom for a variety of reasons. Firstly I was worried by O.R's health and wanted to discuss the question of his going to the Soviet Union for treatment with his wife Adie. Besides I wanted to see Adie and the children. I was also keen to see Dr. Yusuf Dadoo and give him my impressions because I would have felt that something was lacking from my tour if I did not do so. I also wanted to obtain literature on guerilla warfare.
On my arrival in London I asked Oliver to phone Yusuf who came with Vella Pillay. I told him that I would be staying in London for 10 days, wanted to see him eventually did so at Vella's. Noticed relations between him and O.R. were not of the best. Explained to Mota re image. Night before I left we spent whole night together didn't seem to accept this well seemed to treat it as a change in policy. (N.B. Oliver and co. working under great strain example O.R. throughout the time I have known him has been a cool, steady and balanced person who has control of himself. I told him I was to mention in my PAFMECSA speech that I must not identify the ANC with MK. Oliver and co. revolted said I might as well go back. I had excepted Oliver's support on this but he was firmly against.)
When I returned to South Africa I presented Mota's arguments both to the National Executive of the ANC and the Joint Executives his views co incided more or less with that of Chief who was unhappy that the ANC should purport to be playing an independent role but was won over re key factor of neighbouring territories in the phase of armed struggle.
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