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Sequel to Long Walk to Freedom - Revision 1 - Chapter 2 Page 10

The Nelson Mandela Foundation

The Nelson Mandela Foundation
Johannesburg, South Africa

This item consists of 12 numbered and typed pages with some minor editing. It follows item number 1a. The main themes in addition to item 1a are power sharing, Afrikaner rightwing threat, a Volksstaat. People mentioned are: FW de Klerk, PW Botha, General C Viljoen, Thabo Mbeki and Jacob Zuma. A handwritten paragraph on "collective effort and triumph" has been added.

This is page 10 of 12 typed pages, numbered 14 - 25. The main themes are power sharing, Afrikaner rightwing threat, volksstaat, FW de Klerk, PW Botha, General C Viljoen, Thabo Mbeki and Jacob Zuma. A handwritten paragraph has been added.

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  • Title: Sequel to Long Walk to Freedom - Revision 1 - Chapter 2 Page 10
  • Date: 1985/2002
  • Original Language: English
  • Transcript:
    and insisted that I should there and then make an unequivocal undertaking that I would give them the Volkstaat. I told him that I was a mere servant of the ANC, subject to their authority and discipline; that if I acted unilaterally on a principle of such fundamental importance, the organisation would summarily dismiss me, rendering me useless to the rightwing. He retorted quite firmly that if I did not accept his demand, their plan would be carried out. I said: "So be it" and that was the end of our discussion. That same day, I telephoned former President Botha and briefed him on the General's decision. I requested the former president to persuade the General to join the negotiations at the World Trade Centre. A few days later, the General pulled out of the conspiracy of the rightwing and joined the negotiating parties. His colleagues heavily vilified him for saving South Africa from such a calamity. Hartzenberg did not have any military capacity at all and Terre'Blanche relied on a collection of undisciplined amateurs who had no idea of what a war involved. On the eve of the elections, bombs exploded especially in Johannesburg and killed about twenty innocent civilians. It was a matter for police action and the culprits were arrested and convicted. 23
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  • Type: Book
  • Subjects: de Klerk, F. W.; Verwoerd, Hendrik
  • Repository: Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
  • Reference code: 1, 0
  • Origination: Mandela, Nelson
  • Originals location: Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
  • Immediate source of acquisition or transfer: Donation of the Office of Nelson Mandela
  • Finding aids: Finding aid available
  • Extent and Medium: 12 typed pages, 1 typed page
  • Creator: Mandela, Nelson
  • Conditions governing reproduction: Copyright held by the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
  • Conditions governing access: Access by permission of the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
  • Collection: Sequel to Long Walk to Freedom
  • Chapter revision: 1
  • Chapter: 2
  • Book: Sequel to Long Walk to Freedom
  • Alternate forms available: All chapters have been scanned and saved on disk: NMF DOCS 0019

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