Sequel to Long Walk to Freedom - Revision 4.2 - Chapter 2 Page 1

The Nelson Mandela Foundation

The Nelson Mandela Foundation
Johannesburg, South Africa

This item consists of 7 typed pages, numbered 1-7. It is not clear if version 4.2 was written before or after version 4-3. The main themes are: rightwing Afrikaners, position of Afrikaners, start of talks with government

this is page 1 of 7 typed pages, numbered 1-7.


  • Title: Sequel to Long Walk to Freedom - Revision 4.2 - Chapter 2 Page 1
  • Date: 1985/2002
  • Original Language: English
  • Transcript:
    CHAPTER TWO REMOVING ROADBLOCKS My training and experience as a practicing lawyer in South Africa's biggest city, Johannesburg, sensitised me at an early age in my political career to what was going on inside the corridors of power in our country. This early experience was reinforced during my imprisonment on Robben Island. At that time prison warders were by no means the best-educated section of the community. The majority was hostile to our aspirations and regarded every black prisoner as sub human. They were intensely racist, cruel and crude in dealing with us. There were notable exceptions amongst them, who patiently warned their colleagues that in other parts of the world, Liberation movements frequently won against their oppressors and themselves became rulers. These progressive warders urged that prisoners should be treated strictly according to regulations and well, so that in due course, they won and became government they should in turn treat whites well. The ANC has always stressed the principle that we were fighting not against whites as such, but against white supremacy, a policy that is fully reflected in the racial composition of the principal structures Of the organisation and government nationally, provincially and at local levels. Not all my fellow prisoners had had the opportunity to be acquainted with the affairs of government departments at that time. Some of the most influential amongst us seriously doubted whether dialogue with the apartheid regime was a feasible option. 1
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  • Type: Book
  • Subjects: white Supremacy; position Afrikaners; rightwing Afrikaners; start talks with government
  • Repository: Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
  • Reference code: 4.2, 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, Finding Aid available
  • Extent and Medium: 7 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: 4.2
  • Chapter: 2
  • Book: Sequel to Long Walk to Freedom
  • Alternate forms available: All chapters have been scanned and saved on disk: NMF DOCS 0019, All items have been scanned and saved on disk: NMF DOCS 0019

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