by George M. Houser, American Committee on Africa,
New York, New York, United States
November 11, 1994
Publisher: American Committee on Africa
2 pages
Type: Mailing
Coverage in Africa: South Africa
Coverage outside Africa: United States
Language: English
George Houser comments on his trip to South Africa after the election. He first visited South Africa in 1954 when it was firmly in the grip of the National Party, and he was not able to visit South Africa again for 37 years. Houser says the spirit of reconciliation was unbelievable; President Mandela invited his jailers to be present at his inauguration and specifically recognized them. Houser says the legacy of apartheid is still very much present; seven million Africans are living in squatter settlements with no electricity, running water or sewage disposal. In Khayelitsha, one African township near Cape Town, there is 60% to 65% unemployment. Houser says he returned from South Africa more convinced than ever that the American Committee on Africa must continue its work. The mailing discusses the ANC (African National Congress), Rev. Michael Lapsley, Robben Island, Joe Slovo, President Clinton, and U.S. aid.
Used by permission Africa Action (successor to the American Committee on Africa).
Collection: George M. Houser (Africa collection), Michigan State University Libraries Special Collections