Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #588) - Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
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Title: Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #588)
Transcript: unity of the African people and urged that we should attempt unity on this basis.
I warmly welcomed the move he had taken and complimented him for it but pointed out that if he insisted on the question of communists and other population groups as a condition precedent for our talks then I could not even report the matter to the Congress movement. I spent several days spelling out the policy of the liberation movement and even bourgeois governments and organisations on this question and defended our policy. (add details).
Eventually we reached agreement on the matter and he and I were later joined by Joe Gqabi and Mlamli Makwetu and summed up our talks and agreements. He and I wrote separate letters to our people in the main section and we exchanged these notes before we sent them to our organisations there. W e did the same when the replies came. Our men unanimously supported the idea but he had difficulty. (details).
12. We also had a similar discussion with Pokela (who joined us in '68/'69) but informally and although we agreed on principle nothing definite emerged from the talks. (Note add ? Selby etc. Worked with Congress movement formally, even though they knew we were mixed. Poks arrived and condemned this as contrary to the policy led to break up of committee. The attack of the authorities during 1971 that is demotions, loss of studies, raid of 28th May 1971 etc. brought back some measure of unity. re PAC PAc chaps ignorant of changes in their policy outside, kept on denying that they had open doors to whites and Indians. The news of Duncan's membership was
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