Sequel to Long Walk to Freedom - Revision 2 - Chapter 4 Page 5

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 4 of 11 typed pages, numbered 43 - 53.


  • Title: Sequel to Long Walk to Freedom - Revision 2 - Chapter 4 Page 5
  • Date: 1985/2002
  • Original Language: English
  • Transcript:
    The Role of Deputy President Thabo Mbeki Because Thabo had spent many years in exile and had also interacted with comrades inside the country, he had a better knowledge than me of people best qualified to serve in the Cabinet. I accordingly allowed him to recommend to me members of the Cabinet. He made sure that all our national groups, as well as the members of the Congress Alliance were adequately represented. For good reasons, he left open the position of Deputy President. I approved his recommendation and then briefed in turn, first the SACP, then COSATU and last the ANC. I made it clear to all of them that, although I would welcome their comments, the final decision would be mine. A brilliant and loyal comrade, Raymond Suttner, who is now our ambassador in Sweden, reminded me that a previous Policy Conference had decided that the Cabinet should be elected by a national conference. I summarily rejected such a resolution on the simple ground that, in such a case members of the Cabinet would be chosen, not for merit but for popularity, or because they were supported by a powerful faction. 46
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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, 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: 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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