Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #512) - Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
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Title: Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #512)
Transcript: Turok who, next to Peter Molefe (Accidentally killed by our own bomb on 16th December 1961) has the honour of being the first member of MK to be imprisoned and who was serving 3 years together with Harold Strachan, who shared the same fate.
For about 2 weeks I was completely isolated from all other prisoners. I was locked up for 23 hours a day, the remaining hour divided into 2 half hour exercise periods. I insisted that I should be transferred to the section where Robert Sobukwe and other political prisoners were incarcerated. This was ultimately granted, accompanied by the stern warning that serious consequences would follow should I do anything which the authorities deemed to be improper. I could now be in the company of friends and looked forward to meeting them, especially Robert Sobukwe and Stephen Tefu.
One obvious reason for my keenness to be with Robert Sobukwe and others was the belief that by doing so I would be able to discuss the mutual problems facing the movement as a whole and more particularly the ANC and the PAC. I was confident that together we could sort out delicate issues calmly and seriously and without the wrangling and tensions that usually accompany such discussions.
On my arrival Robert asked me to give them an account of my African tour and my impressions, which I gladly did. This took quite some time but at the end of my account I indicated to him the issues I wanted us to examine. But discussions on confidential political problems was not easy then
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