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(18 July 1918-5 December 2013)

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helped found the Natal Indian Congress in 1894. It was in South Africa that he experimented and developed non violent forms of struggle which later payed such handsome dividends in India. He led the Indian people of South Africa in the historic mass campaign of 1906 to 1913 and owed the foundations of the satyagarha to his experience during these struggles.

(Perhaps add here the effect of Nehru and his books on my thinking). But to return to 1955. Early one morning I visisted the offices of "New Age". As I came up the steps I heard an exchange of angry words. On approaching the door I recognised the voice of Fred Carneson. I entered but immediatly pulled back. The Security Police were searching the offices. That afternoon we learnt from the press that the raid was countrywide. The records seized in that raid ultimately led to the arrest of 156 people for treason in December 1956 and were used as evidence when the proceedings began.

While staying at Langa I had a discussion with various people outside the ANC and one of these was Godfrey Kolisang who later became national secretary of the Basutoland Congress Party. He outlined the political developments that were taking place in his country, the difficulties they were experiencing and stressed the value of co operation between the ANC and BCP. I assured him that I unreservedly shared his sentiments and stressed that co operation was but natural since the ANC had helped in the formation of the BCP, Walter Sisulu and Ntsu Mokhetla having worked together on the project. I added that our attitude was clearly set out by Walter Sisulu when he opened their inaugural conference in 1952 and called for such close relationship between the two organisations. I

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