Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #586) - Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
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Title: Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #586)
Transcript: him. He tried to make up for this by being aggressive and there were occassions when in the course of exchanges I thought he was ready to hurl a stone at me. But my smile always disarmed him. I count him among my friends.) (d) He had initiative and was the man who suggested the idea of a prisoners committee (??) to take up our affairs. I warmly welcomed this idea. He suggested that I approach the PAC and Liberal Party and ask for their support for the idea but I told him that that would be unfair to him because the idea was his and he should approach the organisations directly. This he did. Although Eddie accepted, Zeph rejected the idea. Later there was a crisis when the commanding officer Major Kellerman ordered that from that moment we fall in the morning for the purpose of going to work until we returned to prison we should not talk to one another, with the exception of one hour lunch break. This brought into existance the firt prisoners committee as originally suggested by Neville. To remove the fear that any organisation would be dominated we defined carefully the powers of the committee. Its powers were purely consultative and its decisions could bind no organidation or representative and it was on an organisational basis. (e) In spite of the existence of the committee it was not easy to find a common approach. But I also struck a friendship with Fiks, another member of the NLF. He was a respectful person and more flexible that Neville. My close relationship with him also helped to shape our respective approach on several issues. Birthdays fall on the same day. As a bigger and more experienced movement we consciously tried to avoid any impression that we wanted to dominate and before the committee was set up we asked Fiks to preside whenever we held meetings. Later after the formation of the committee we suggested that the chairmanship should retate and although he was lukewarm about it he accepted it as a reasonable suggestion. But all of them were pleasant and competent men and
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