Sequel to Long Walk to Freedom - Revision 2 - Chapter 4 Page 1

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 1 of 11 typed pages, numbered 43 - 53.


  • Title: Sequel to Long Walk to Freedom - Revision 2 - Chapter 4 Page 1
  • Date: 1985/2002
  • Original Language: English
  • Transcript:
    Chapter 4 The National Chairperson Oliver Reginald Tambo, fondly referred to as OR by his comrades, a humble but brilliant lawyer and devout Christian, who became head of the ANC when Chief Luthuli passed away, was also a skilful and respected leader, who raised the organisation to a position of strength and influence it had never reached before. * He was a hard and diligent worker who never spared himself, and who literally was on duty twenty-four hours a day throughout the year without taking any holiday. His wife, Adelaide, tells the story of how OR once worked throughout the night. When he saw her dressed and leaving the house, he asked where she was going to at night. It was probably this heavy schedule which contributed to the breakdown of his health. He suffered a stroke which left him partially paralysed. The officials discussed his position, and were all keen that he should make his enormous wisdom and experience available formally to the organisation. We accordingly appointed him National Chairperson, a position he held until his death in 1993. 43
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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, 1
  • 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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