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Sequel to Long Walk to Freedom - Revision 4.3 - Chapter 2 Page 4

The Nelson Mandela Foundation

The Nelson Mandela Foundation
Johannesburg, South Africa

This item consists of 6 pages, numbered 2 - 7, and is an edited version of Item 6. There are some handwritten additions. It is not clear if this version was written first or if this is one of the later versions.

This is page 4 of 6 typed pages, numbered 2 - 7, and is an edited version of Item 4.2. There are some handwritten additions.

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  • Title: Sequel to Long Walk to Freedom - Revision 4.3 - Chapter 2 Page 4
  • Date: 1985/2002
  • Original Language: English
  • Transcript:
    supremacy. This was not due to their consent. I added that we had a just cause, numbers and the support of the international community. They had none of these. I appealed to them to stop their plans and to join the negotiations at the World Trade Centre. I spent some time persuading them, but they were adamant and I could not move them at all. Finally when I was about to give up, the General softened a bit and said he could not approach his people with empty hands, at such an advanced stage of their preparations. Up to that moment I had insisted that as long as I was president of the ANC , there would never be a Volkstaat in this country. A Volkstaat was s separate autonomous area for the Afrikaner. But now faced with such a formidable challenge, I decided to retreat but in such a way that they would find it far from easy to realise their demand. I informed them that I would approach my organisation and ask them to review our attitude on the Volkstaat on three conditions. The two of them plus Terre'Blanche claimed that they represented the Afrikaners who wanted a Volkstaat. On the other hand, President De Klerk insisted that only he represented the majority of Afrikaners, all of whom rejected that demand. The first condition therefore was that Afrikaners should have a referendum to determine whether or not they wanted a Volkstaat. Second, the result of the referendum would not necessarily bind the ANC, but would be an important factor to take into account when considering their demand. Finally they should answer the question: who was an Afrikaner: was it a white person who spoke Afrikaans? Or was it any person black — that is African, Coloured or Indian- who spoke the language? On compliance with these conditions, I would then report to my organisation, leaving it to its members to review the matter as they deemed fit. The General was satisfied that I had given him something to present to his force, but Hartzenberg sharply differed and insisted that I should there and then make an unequivocal undertaking that I 5
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  • Type: Book
  • Repository: Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
  • Reference code: 4.3, 4
  • 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: 6 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: 4.3
  • 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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