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

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 2 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 2
  • Date: 1985/2002
  • Original Language: English
  • Transcript:
    apartheid negotiators tried to be subtle, it was clear right from the start of the talks that the overriding idea was to prevent us from governing the country, even if we won in a democratic election. I was still a prisoner in Victor Verster when I first met President De Klerk, leader of the National Party. Shortly before that meeting I had read an article written by the editor of Die Burger, then the official mouthpiece of the National Party, under the pen name of Dawie, in which he sharply criticised the concept of Group Rights which was being peddled by that Party as the best solution for the country's problems. This meant that each population group after the first democratic elections would retain permanently the rights and privileges it had enjoyed before such elections, no matter which political party had won. The essence of this fiction, although not openly said, was that there should be no change whatsoever in the economic and political system of the country. White minority would continue to monopolise all the important rights of citizenship. 15
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  • Type: Book
  • Subjects: de Klerk, F. W.; Verwoerd, Hendrik
  • Repository: Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
  • Reference code: 1, 2
  • 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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