Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #550) - Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
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Title: Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #550)
Transcript: Central Committee of the CP and of the High Command of MK. He held a B.A. and a B.Comm. Degree and has been a qualified teacher having taught at various schools in the country. Later he and others had formed a Co operative Society in Butterworth in the Transkei. At one time he had been secretary of the Transkei Organised Bodies and also been a member of the Bunga. He and Joe Slovo had drafted "Operation Mayibuye" and at the time of the arrest he was one of the senior men who were active at the ANC headquarters in Johannesberg. His evidence corroborated that of Walter's.
(Insert Kathy's evidence). The second of the three white fellow accused was Lionel 'Rusty' Bernstein. He was an architect. He had been a member of the Congress of Democrats and a member of the Convening Committee of the Congress of the People. He had served in the Second World War and later became a member of the NAtional Executive of the Springbok Legion. The State case against him was weak and the main reason why he was among the accused was that he was found with the others at Rivonia. The only evidence of a direct nature which linked him with Rivonia was that on a Saturday afternoon he had assisted another white person with the erection of a radio aerial in Rivonia to be used presumably by MK for broadcasting purposes. But the two State witnesses contradicted each other. There was also a covering letter to a documetn seized by the police and through this document the State tried to link him with the activities of MK. He admitted that he had written the covering letter but could not remember what his reaction to the document was. He denied the allegation about the aerial and pointed out that at the time alleged by the State witness he was under house arrest and could not have been at Rivonia. He openly declared that he
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