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NMPP-PC-NMPP-PC-2012/14-chapter 3-064

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Long Walk Original Manuscript [LWOM_064.jpg]

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  • 1976 - (Creation)

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(18 July 1918-5 December 2013)

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own kith and kin. I could not talk and understand them, share their feelings, hopes and aspirations, grasp the history that held them together, and enjoy the music and poetry that moved them. I was planning to help correct the errors of South Africa and had forgotten that the first step in doing so was to overcome the weakness of one of the one South African I knew very well myself. Equally important was the fact that from her question she regarded me as part of her people, a fact which immediately drove home the vital fact that I was now talking to my Queen and leader.

It was also here that I was introduced to the Zulu Regent Mshyieni Ka Dinizulu. To be received by a member of one of the country's most illustrious families was an unforgettable experience. Another distinguished person who visited the WNLA headquarters was my former Fort Hare lecturer Prof. Jabavu. At College I had no contact with him outside the lecture room. But in Johannesburg we met as equals and I spent many hours listening to the story of his travels inside and outside South Africa, and to his account of the oral history of our people. He remained simple and humerous in spite of his immense reputation as educationist and leader and was at home amongst his people as amongst the whites.

I have already said I was articled by Messrs. Whitkin, Sidelsky and Eidelman, a Jewish firm. It was one of the city's largest firms handling business from both blacks and whites. Amongst its clients were building societies and other financial institutions. In this firm I learnt much more than law and its practice, and quite early in my apprenticeship there loomed some of the practical problems I would later meet in life. I came into contact with men and women who had different outlooks,

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