Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #553) - Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
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Title: Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #553)
Transcript: Elizabeth. He, Jimmy Njongwe, Gladstone Tshume, Robert Matji, and Wilton Mkwayi were among those who made the 1952 Defiance Campaign a great success in that area and who effectively carried out the M Plan. Together with Govan Mbeki and Harold Strachan he was among the top MK men in the area. He was in charge of the first recruits who left towards the end of 1961 for military training in the People's Republic of China. On his return he was co opted to the National Executive Committee of the ANC and became chairman of MK. Soon after his return he was sent out again, this time on a mission to Algeria and Czechoslovakia.
The State led evidence to the effect that he took part in acts of sabotage on December 16th, 1961. In his own evidence he denied that he was a member of MK and said that he knew nothing about sabotage except what he read in the newspapers. He admitted that he had read "Operation Mayibuye" and discussed guerilla warfare with Walter and Govan but that they had decided that this was not feasable. Ray denied the evidence that he had taken part in acts of sabotage on December 16th 1961 but refused to disclose to the court his whereabouts at the time. In fact at the time he was already undergoing military training in China.
Accused number 9, Elias Motsoaledi, was born in Sekhukhuneland and came to Johannesburg in the early 40s where he joined the ANC, the CP and the trade union movement. Quite early in his life he became asthmatic and in 1952 spent 5 months in hospital where he received treatment for a chest complaint. In 1961 he sustained serious injuries when he was attacked by tsotsis in his township.
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