Sequel to Long Walk to Freedom - Revision 2 - Chapter 4 Page 13

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 10 of 11 typed pages, numbered 43 - 53.


  • Title: Sequel to Long Walk to Freedom - Revision 2 - Chapter 4 Page 13
  • Date: 1985/2002
  • Original Language: English
  • Transcript:
    As the debate between us was heating, I asked her pointedly to choose between accepting or rejecting my offer. In our discussions, I have always been consoled by the knowledge that she had more respect for my grey hair than for me in person. She paused a bit and then said she would think about the matter. I was relieved when she later agreed to serve. Her decision was a landmark as it was the first occasion in our history for a woman to occupy that powerful position in our national legislature. It was a double victory since the deputy speaker was also a confident and able woman, Baleka Mbete Kgositsile. The common view among parliamentarians from all sides of the House is that she has acquitted herself well without any previous training or experience in this regard. She is non-partisan and frequently rebukes members for unparliamentary behaviour, irrespective of the political affiliation of the offender. Her superb performance and mastery of the functions of her office has not only enhanced respect and support across the political divide. Her remarkable achievement and that of her female colleagues in the House, has clearly demonstrated that the battle for gender equality is being won. 52
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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, 13
  • 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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