Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #538) - Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
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Title: Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #538)
Transcript: he might give on the report of my tour of Africa. Other than this we have no idea what evidence the State had against me. When I met Walter in Pretoria jail just after my first sentence I had asked him to see to it when he is released on bail that all my books and ntoes are removed from Rivonia. We were all therefore under the impression that this had been done. But much to our surprise, during Rusty's application for bail at the outset of the Rivonia trial, Yutar dramatically prodduced the notes and sketch I had made of the Johannesburg Fort and vehemently opposed the application. He maintained that a fellow accused of the applicant (meaning myself) had indicated in the sketch and notes that he was waiting for a suitable moment to start a blood bath. This was only the beginning of the surprise. Later in the proceedings the police produced a quantity of literature and notes which I had made on the armed struggle in China, Vietnam, Malaya, the Phillipines, Israel, Greece, Cyprus, Cuba, Algeria, Kenya and South Africa, as well as notes on my training in Ethiopia and my diaries.
Mtolo was the star witness for the State and his evidence in chief lasted several days. He struck me as a clever man with a good memory. He had been to Rivonia and had met some of my fellow accused. As is apparent from the preceeding pages I was as deeply onvolved as the others in the activities of MK and once my notes were handed in I realised that the State would be able to secure a conviction against me. The evidence of Mtolo made this a certainty.
But Mtolo, obviously acting on police instructions went out of his way to embellish his evidence. The State could not face us on the crucial question that we were doing no more than what all
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