Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #531) - Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
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Title: Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #531)
Transcript: this. I had seen Andrew Mlangeni exercising in the prison courtyard. We had last met in September 1961 when he left the country for military training. I also caught glimpses of a number of other detainees who I did not recognise but it was clear that a large number of people had been arrested. One morning I was returning to my cell after my daily exercise. In the passage to my cell I saw Thomas Mashifane, whom I knew as the foreman at Rivonia, and who worked for the Goldreichs. I suspected that this opportunity of confronting us with each other was not entirely accidental. Nonetheless I greeted them warmly as I passed them. I now had no doubt that I would be one of the accused in any trial arising out of the Rivonia arrests.
During that week I was summoned to the reception office where I found Walter Sisulu and others who were to become my fellow accused. We were charged and warned to appear in court the next day. I was shocked to find Jimmy Kantor among the accused. Although he was Harold Wolpe's brother in law and very close to many of us I had never know him to hold strong political views and to my knowledge he was neither a member of COD nor the CP.
The next day we appeared in court for remand but had no opportunities to instruct counsel. (Did Jimmy say anything in court on that day?) That week Bram Fischer, Vernon Berrange, George Bizos and Joel Joffe and Arthur Chaskalson interviewed us and I now had an opportunity of talking with my colleagues. Bram and his fellow counsel considered it their duty to inform us at the outset that we were facing a serious trial and that the State had formally advised them that they were going to ask for the death sentence, certainly against some of us
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