U.S. Multinational Corporations & The Apartheid Police

by Coalition Against Apartheid
New Haven, Connecticut, United States
Undated, apparently late 1984 or early 1985
1 page
Type: Leaflet
Coverage in Africa: South Africa
Coverage outside Africa: United States
Language: English
The leaflet outlines the roles of General Motors, Ford, IBM, Control Data, Texaco, Exxon, Motorola, Goodyear, and Firestone in South Africa, including sales to the police, military, the prison system, and the pass system. The leaflet notes that South Africa has the highest per capita prison population in the world, 40% of whom have simply violated the pass law. By November, more than 1000 people had been detained without trial in 1984, and 2,000 more had been arrested for political "crimes" under the Internal Security Act. At least 150 have been killed by the police. General Motors and Ford use a loophole in the 1978 arms embargo to continue selling trucks to the police, and Goodyear and Firestone sell tires to the military and police. IBM has a computer in the prison system, and Control Data supplied disc drives for the British computers that automate the African pass system. TEXACO, Mobil, and EXXON must, by law supply the police all the oil they require. In 1978, Motorola defended its sale of radios to the police. The leaflet shows the amount of Yale University’s holdings in these companies.
Collection: Anti-Apartheid Materials (Jerry Herman collection), Michigan State University Libraries Special Collections