Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #516) - Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
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Title: Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #516)
Transcript: prisoners everywhere consider it their political duty to establish contact with other prisoners and to make arrangements to be kept informed about events beyond prison walls. We were no exception. Such contact ultimately enabled me to smuggle out a sketch of the Pretoria Local Prison with details regarding the exact location of my cells, etc. to enable my comrades outside to devise plans for my rescue.
Meanwhile Walter Sisuly had been tried and convicted to 6 years imprisonment also for inciting the strike as well as for ANC activities. I was very disturbed and upset about this. He informed me that an application for bail was being made pending his appeal, a move which I again supported wholeheartedly. Meeting him in prison gave me the opportunity of discussing with him the question of the attempt to rescue me. I pointed out that the prison was an ultra maximum and any attempt would requrie the services of an extremely able and experienced squad and I preferred to bide my time for the present. During his two week stay we discussed my African tour and other problems facing the movement. One day he was suddenly called away and I was happy that his application for bail had been successful. While out on bail Walter was instructed by the movement to jump bail and disappear underground from where he was to continue to lead the struggle. I was pleased that in this way the movement could still exploit his services.
The doctor of the Pretoria prison confirmed the diagnosis already made at the Fort that I was suffering from high blood pressure. One morning while I was on my way to the prison hospital together with Robert Sobukwe I spotted Nana Sita in prison clothes about 25 yards away. He had
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