Death in Detention in South Africa

by Paul Irish, The Africa Fund
New York, New York, United States
Undated, late 1976?
Publisher: The Africa Fund
3 pages
Type: Mailing
Coverage in Africa: South Africa
Coverage outside Africa: United States
Language: English
Mailing about deaths in detention in South Africa, includes a poem by black poet James Matthews, who is now himself detained. The causes of death stated by the security police are a mockery of the truth - Haron "fell down stairs"; N. Kgosthe "slipped in shower"; A. Timol committed "suicide" by jumping through the 10th floor window of the police interrogation center. The recent deaths of Soweto student J. Maghabane and trade unionist L. Mazwembe were termed "suicide by hanging." The laws allow detainees to be kept incommunicado indefinitely, without explanation, without being charged, without access to a lawyer, to family, priest or doctor.
Used by permission of Africa Action (successor to The Africa Fund).
Collection: Alan Zaslavsky Africa Collection, Michigan State University Libraries Special Collections