Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #565) - Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
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Title: Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #565)
Transcript: been followed.
They dismissed the argument that the armed strtuggle should be waged from the adjacent independent countries and posed the question that if these countries did not get their independence within the next 50 years did that mean that the armed struggle in this country would never begin. They pointed to "Operation Mayibuye" which the High Command had drawn up as a blueprint of future operations. According to that document: "The objective military conditions in which the movemnt finds itself amkes the possibility of a general uprising leading to direct military struggle an unlikely one. Rather, as in Cuba, the genral uprising must be sparked off by organised and well prepared guerilla operations during the course of which the masses of the people will be drawn in and armed".
The document continues: "The absence of friendly borders and long scale impregnable natural bases from which to operate are both disadvantages. But more important than these factors is the support of the people who in certain situations are better protection than mountains and forests. In the rural areas which became the main theatre of guerilla operations in the initial phase, the overwhelming majority of the people will protect and safeguard the guerillas and this fact would to some measure negate the disadvantages".
The document set out 4 areas to be used as bases for guerilla warfare and contained detailed plans for the landing of guerilla troops either by sea or by air. The aim was that on its arrival the external
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