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Sequel to Long Walk to Freedom - Revision 1 - Chapter 2 Page 8

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 8 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 8
  • Date: 1985/2002
  • Original Language: English
  • Transcript:
    facing the country. I was shaken, but pretended that I was supremely confident of the victory of the liberation movement. I told them that they would give us a hard time since they were better trained militarily than us, commanded more devastating weaponry and because of their resources, they knew the country better than us. But I warned that at the end of that reckless gamble, they would be crushed. We were then on the verge of a historic victory after we inflicted a mortal blow to white 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 a separate autonomous area for the Afrikaner. But now, faced with such a formidable challenge, I decided to retreat 21
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  • Type: Book
  • Subjects: de Klerk, F. W.; Verwoerd, Hendrik
  • Repository: Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
  • Reference code: 1, 8
  • 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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