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Long Walk Original Manuscript [LWOM_296.jpg]

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  • 1976 - (Creation)

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(18 July 1918-5 December 2013)

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Dr. Ellen Hellman, chairman of the Treason Trial Defence Fund, and one of the key figures in the raising of funds for our defence and needs, Freda Troupe, the secretary of the Fund, Reverend Nye of the Wesleyan Church and in whose house the accused were served with lunch, were also in court. My colleagues and I shook hands with and thanked them warmly for their respective roles in the case.

Local and foreign pressmen and photographers were also present to report the whole affair and amongst them was Ruth First, the Johannesburg editor of "New Age" which had faithfully given full coverage to the proceedings from the beginning to end and which continued to do so when other newspapers had lost interest.

A week thereafter Amina Cachalia played hostess when we held a function in honour of Mrs. T. Pillay of Pretoria, who throughout the trial had brought us lunch daily and we were deeply indebted to the Treason Trial Defence Fund, which raised thousand of Rand (check the figure) and made it possible for us to enjoy the services of an outstanding defence team. Funds were raised inside and outside South Africa and testified to the widespread support and sympathy our struggle enjoyed. Many who gave generously did not necessarily agree with all our views but they seldom wavered in support and generosity. One incident illustrates such divergence of views. When the Congolese patriot Patrice Lumumba was murdered the accused mourned his death and attended court wearing black badges and during tea adjournment we stood for a few moments in silence. What was to us an

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