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Sequel to Long Walk to Freedom - Revision 2 - Chapter 4 Page 11

The Nelson Mandela Foundation

The Nelson Mandela Foundation
Johannesburg, South Africa

This item consists of 11 typed pages, numbered 43 - 53, and 3 handwritten pages, with editing and additions. The pages from Item 1 have been incorporated. New themes introduced are OR Tambo and issues around his successor, the roles of Jakes Gerwel and Joel Netshitenzhe, Frene Ginwala as speaker of the National Assembly, and the position of women in the cabinet. Three handwritten pages on OR Tambo and Cyril Ramaphosa, quoting from F. W. de Klerk’s autobiography, are added.

This item consists of 8 of 11 typed pages, numbered 43 - 53.

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  • Title: Sequel to Long Walk to Freedom - Revision 2 - Chapter 4 Page 11
  • Date: 1985/2002
  • Original Language: English
  • Transcript:
    The Speaker of the National Assembly An equally contentious question was the election of the Speaker for the National Assembly. Although the ANC had long accepted the principle of gender equality without qualification, actual practice still lagged far behind principle. Among my staff as ANC President, there were three women, all strong, independent, well informed and outspoken. They brooked no form of chauvinism either from me or from my comrades. No wonder they came to be known as the three witches. They were Barbara Masekela, who later became our Ambassador to France, Jessie Duarte, now Ambassador to Mozambique, and Frene Ginwala. We had numerous discussions on a wide variety of issues. All of them were impressive and hard working and they helped to purge my system of all contempt for women. I earmarked Frene for the position of Speaker of the National Assembly. There was dead silence from my comrades when I first shared the secret with them. 50
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  • Type: Book
  • Subjects: Tambo, Oliver; Gerwel, Jakes; Netshitenzhe, Joel; Ginwala, Frene; Ramaphosa, Cyril; de Klerk, F. W.
  • Repository: Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
  • Reference code: 2, 11
  • 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: 11 typed pages 3 handwritten 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: 2
  • Chapter: 4
  • 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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