Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #545) - Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
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Title: Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #545)
Transcript: when he was banned in 1954 he had been Secretary General of the ANC; that he was consulted and expressly approved of the decision to form MK; that he agreed with the decision of the ANC National Executiveto allow its secretariat and external mission to co operate with MK in the transportation of recruits. He however denied that he was a member of the High Comman as the State alleged but admitted that he had been kept informed of its decisions and at times attended its meetings and took part in its deliberations. This was especially the case dhe said whenever there were to be discussions of a political nature, as for example the policy of guerilla warfare.
His evidence was similar to the statement I had made from the dock and he corroborated it on all major points but there were two issues which came up in his evidence which attracted wide interest. One was the document "Operation Mayibuye" and his evidence on this issue was strenuously challenged by the State whose entire strategy was based on the assumption that the document had been formally adopted by MK, the ANC and the CP and that it formed the blueprint for all our operations.
Indeed the matter was discussed at length by the accused and two conflicting viewpoints emerged. Govan Mbeki, a member of the High Command and Speaker of the ANC when he was banned in 1962 argued that the document had been approved not only by the High Command but also by the ANC. He insisted that it now formed the basis for all the activities of MK and felt that it would be wrong to argue that it was still under consideration when we were arrested. Walter admitted that the document was drawn up by the High Command and approved in principle by the Working
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