Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #617) - Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
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Title: Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #617)
Transcript: of his calibre could never have made such a statement without the fullest consultations between his colleagues in the Cabinet, Party and Party Conference. He could not be so inexperienced as to make such a statement without sounding the views of his colleagues. (h) There will always be a tremendous speculation as to what happened. (i) But one thing should be clear that on the political situation in South Africa not even the declaration of the premier means anything to the world. (j) In a matter of this nature where the alternative "is too dreadful to contemplate" to use his own words, internal differences in his own party can be no excuse for shirking his own responsibilities. (k) If he wanted to challenge the verkramptes on this matter and went to the country he would certainly have got overwhelming support. (l) The premier has spent time and money flying to different parts of Africa discussing our affairs with Heads of States abroad. He knows very well that the solution will not be imposed from outside nor by the Bantustan leaders but by the leaders of the liberation movement.
2. The Nats have had ample opportunity to alter the situation to avert armed revolution and the bitterness that will follow.
3. Nats have ignored the Lusaka Manifesto and all efforts to bring about amicable settlement.
4. We who know the Nats have no illusions.
5. Apartheid or separate development is implemented by coercive means.
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