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NMPP-PC-NMPP-PC-2012/14-chapter 9-285

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Long Walk Original Manuscript [LWOM_285.jpg]

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  • 1976 - (Creation)

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(18 July 1918-5 December 2013)

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and took a lively interest in the proceedings. Although their calibre could be inferred from the massive evidence already before the court and containing their speeches and writings, their actual interventions as the principle parties in the proceedings made a formidable impact. I had the impression that it was only at this stage that the court and Crown teams really came to know the men in the dock.

Our men abroad were becoming active and South Africa was fire at the Nations Organisation and other world bodies. The morale amongst our people and the accused was high and on our way to and from the court we sang at the top of our voices. Things were going according to plan, we held the initiative and were confident that we would hold out until martial law was lifted.

But there were also days when he did not do so well and when spirits suddenly plunged down. Duma Nokwe and I sat on either side of Farid, supplied him with questions to ask in leading the witness and helped him in dealing with any issues that arose. But we worked under great pressure and one day we were running out of material. Without consulting us Farid asked for a postponement and gave as his reason for doing so the fact that he was tired. The judges promptly refused the application and reminded us of the warning they gave us the day the lawyers withdrew. There was consternation and murmuring among the accused. Farid, Duma and I exerted ourselves and just managed to pull through.

But we realised that a crisis was brewing. That day there was no singing as we returned to the

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