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Long Walk Original Manuscript [LWOM_382.jpg]

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  • 1976 - (Creation)

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(18 July 1918-5 December 2013)

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fact that they are in government commanding enormous power. The Nats will relinquish power to the Progs only when the last soldier defending apartheid will have been shot down and if the Progs have not firmly grasped this simple lesson they will be bitterly disillusioned.

In the 1961 elections all of them except one were eliminated, including their leader Dr. Steytler, a fact which showed just how far ahead they were of the average white voter. Nonetheless Helen Suzman, the only member of the Progs who was retained, put up a magnificant one man show and received the warm support and admiration of people of various schools of political thought here and abroad. She was undoubtedly the only real anti apartheid voice in parliament and the discourtesy of the Nat MPs towards her showed how they felt her punches and how deeply they resented her presence.

Another significant development that occurred in 1959 was the passing of the Promotion of Bantu Self Government Act to introduce self government in the Bantustans. The bill also created 8 separate Bantustans for the Batswana, North Sotho, Southern Sotho, Tsonga Mashangane, Vavenda, Ma Xhosa and Amazulu. Later Ma Swazi were given their own stan. The bill further made provision for the appointment by the government of the Republic of South Africa of Commissioners General to serve as official links between the Republic and the Bantustans. Tfhere would also be persons, subsequently called ambassadors, who would represent the Bantustans in the urban areas of the Republic. In introducing the bill, De Wet Nel, then minister of Bantu Administration and Development, explained that it was the deep conviction of the government that

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