Sequel to Long Walk to Freedom - Revision 4.3 - Chapter 2 Page 5

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


  • Title: Sequel to Long Walk to Freedom - Revision 4.3 - Chapter 2 Page 5
  • Date: 1985/2002
  • Original Language: English
  • Transcript:
    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 formerpresident 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 20 innocent civilians. It was a matter for police action and the culprits were arrested and convicted. I never enquired whether the former President did act on my request. But in the 1994 general elections the General was rewarded for his wisdom and his foresight when he polled 37 percent of the votes, whereas a former section of the liberation movement polled less than 2 percent. The failure of the rightwing to call a referendum and to answer the question of who was an Afrikaner relieved the ANC of any obligation to review the demand of a volkstaat. Political analysts observed at the time that the general had opted for a course of action, which enormously enhanced his esteem. This was later reinforced by his contribution inside and outside parliament, which was always balanced and full of integrity even when we disagreed with such comments, especially when he continued to harp 6
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  • Type: Book
  • Repository: Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
  • Reference code: 4.3, 5
  • 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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