Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #557) - Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
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Title: Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #557)
Transcript: Nats reacted by declaring her a prohibited immigrant in South Africa.
It was during this trial that the prosecutor, out of the blue, and without leading any evidence to that effect, gave me to the office of Deputy Premier and Minister of Defence in our future government. He further announced that the premiership was reserved for the Chairman of the CP. In any other country the presiding judge would have pulled up the prosecutor for clowning the court, but De Wet gave the deputy Attorney General full reign to indulge in this unusual exhibition. That insubstantial allegation formed the basis for the statement made recently by the Minister of Justice Jimmy Kruger that I was Bram Fischer's Minister of Defence.
With the exception of James Kantor and Rusty Bernstein we were all convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment. The same night we were flown to Robben Island. White freedom fighters are kept in Pretoria Local Prison and Dennis Goldberg remained there. The judgement was poor in quality and the presiding judge merely adopted the prosecutor's address and avoided the crucial issues raised by the defence in their arguments.
Cases had been quoted from South African history where white political offenders who did worse things than us and who enjoyed all the rights and privileges available to whites in the country were convicted of high treason but given light sentences ranging between 2 and 7 years. In this trial where we represented the vast majority of black men and women in the country and in a continent where far reaching political changes were taking place and in a world that had declared war against
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