Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #526) - Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
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Title: Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #526)
Transcript: Mqkehezweni, whom I had last seen as a little baby when I left for Johannesburg in 1941. I could hardly believe that he was now old enough to serve a sentence for a political offence. We would spend the evenings talking about the Transkei, Stellenbosch and about political matters in a general way. His friends would also gather at the windows. One evening he asked me directly which organisation I belonged to. My reply that i belonged to the ANC caused a sensation amongst them and he and his colleagues vanished from the windows. After some time they re appeared and my nephew asked me whether I had ever been a member of the PAC. At my denial he asked whether I had not joined the PAC when I was abroad. There was more consternation when I denied this and said that I had always been a member of the ANC and had no intention of joining any other organisation. Again they disappeared. A little later they were back. Had I met Robert Sobukwe in Pretoria jail he asked. I told him that I had. Had Robert Sobukwe and I had any talks about the unity of our organisations? I explained that we wanted to do so but unfortunately there had been no suitable opportunity for such a discussion. This time they all disappeared from the windows for a longer period and returned only to bid me good night. I learnt subsequently that the claim had been made in certain PAC circles that I had joined their organisation during my Africa tour. This must have been the reason for the question directed at me by my nephew and his colleagues. As it happened I never got the chance to talk with them any further.
Later that same evening Col. Aucamp came over to our cell. After a brief chat with me he left. Thereafter my 3 colleagues very hastily removed with all their personal belongings. I was then told to pack my belongings as I would be leaving for Pretoria the next morning. A Coloured warder was
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