Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #566) - Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
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Title: Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #566)
Transcript: guerilla force should find at least 7,000 men in the 4 main areas ready to join the guerilla army in the initial onslaught. These would be allocated as follows: Eastern Cape and the Transkei 2,000; Natal and Zululand 2,000; North Western Transval 2,000; North western Cape 1,000.
Finally Govan and Ray asked: if now we must fight from friendly borders what was the purpose of all the elaborate plans detailed in that document.
The views of Walter and myself were more or less the same. At the outset we indicated that we had full confidence in our men both inside and outside the country and felt sure that they were in touch with the situation from day to day and were working full time on plans for the beginning of armed operations on the basis of concrete and more accurate data.
We maintained that the question of whether or not guerilla warfare should start from inside or outside the country was not a question of principle, as Govan and Ray had argued, but a tactical one depending on conditions; and the fact that in Cuba the armed struggle was from beginning to end fought inside the country was determined by their own specific situation. To insist that we should do the same here irrespective of conditions was to urge on us an inflexible approach which could lead to disaster.
In particular we pointed out that the Cuban Revolution was fought against a corrupt and backward dictatorship which had a precarious hold on the people and which could not even fully exploit the
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