Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #515) - Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
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Title: Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #515)
Transcript: PAC was making plans to attack South Africa and that this had created a stir in official circles. Towards the end of April we were moved to another wing of the prison with Robert placed in the first cell while I occupied the last one at the end of the corridor. If I remember correctly he was due to be released on the 3rd of the following month. He had done a stretch of 3 years under harsh conditions and was looking forward to joining his wife Nosamgo and the children. That was the last day I saw him. When we woke up in the morning he was gone with all his personal belongings and this led to considerable speculation among us as to his whereabouts. I became furious and disgusted when I learnt a few days later that he was detained on this island. He had served his whole sentence and I considered it a grave injustice to punish him further by prolonging his incarceration.
Another group of about 9 political prisoners in pretoria included Stephen Tefu, a former member of the CPSA and a well known trade unionist. Although a well known figure in the movement and one who had featured in several political trials, I was meeting him for the first time. He was now a member of the PAC. He was well versed in Russion history and that of other communist parties in Eastern Europe. It was both a pleasure and an experience to listen to him expounding his views and describing his experiences as a member of the Party and the labour movement, the practical difficulties which he had encountered, his persecution by the police and the enormous tasks which faced any revolutionary. He was also well informed about the biographical histories of the leading statesmen throughout the world. And I always looked forward to further sessions with him.
Security measures were excissive and we had no contact with other prisoners as yet. But political
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