Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #508) - Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
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Title: Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #508)
Transcript: regarding my complaints but hastened to assure me that he had not discussed the case with the investigating officer. At this stage I received a second telegramme from Chief Luthuli complimenting me. (Quote telegrammme text).
The State called more than 100 witnesses. Throughout the proceedings the prosecutor kept on enquiring from me as to the number of witnesses I intended calling for the defence. I replied that I intended calling as many as the State had done if not more. When the State closed its case I rose and closed my case. So surprised was the prosecutor that he could not help exclaiming "Jerrer". The magistrate asked me whether I was sure of my intention of not calling witnesses. I replied that had I intended doing so I certainly would have called them. The prosecutor addressed the court briefly and asked for a conviction. The case was adjourned. The following day as I was chatting with Bob Hepple in an office set aside for our use the prosecutor Bosch entered and asked Bo to excuse himself. This was before the resumption of the proceedings. He said to me:" Today I did not want to come to court. For the first time in my career I hate my job. It hurts me that I should be asking the court to send you to prison." He warmly shook my hands and expressed the hope that everything would turn out well for me. I thanked him for his kind sentiments and assured him that the bonds of friendship would remain as strong as they had been and that I shall always remember what he said. I noted that he had expressed himself with feeling and sincerity.
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