Sequel to Long Walk to Freedom - Revision 2 - Chapter 4 Page 9

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 6 of 11 typed pages, numbered 43 - 53.


  • Title: Sequel to Long Walk to Freedom - Revision 2 - Chapter 4 Page 9
  • Date: 1985/2002
  • Original Language: English
  • Transcript:
    Throughout my political career I have been haunted by the persistent perception that the ANC was and is a Xhosa organisation, notwithstanding overwhelming evidence to the contrary. I pointed out to the officials that Oliver Tambo, Thabo Mbeki and myself came from the same ethnic group. Would we not reinforce that false perception if Thabo became deputy, I asked. Should we not rather consider for this position Cyril, an equally gifted and respected person who came from the Northern part of our country. I readily conceded that Thabo was well qualified for this position and that his knowledge of the continent and diplomatic affairs far exceeded that of Cyril. But I insisted that the latter had a lot of clout and pull internationally; in particular with trade unions, and on the vast majority of opinion-makers, especially on those who took part in the negotiations. Notwithstanding my argument, the officials were not convinced. They insisted that the general public would accept that in choosing Thabo, the ANC was guided by merit and not tribal considerations. On the contrary, my concern was not based purely on merit, but on a false perception I felt it was our duty to correct. 48
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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, 9
  • 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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