Southern Africa International Affairs Report

(Letter. No. 4)
by Ted Lockwood, American Friends Service Committee
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
January 31, 1984 Reported On September 26, 1983
Publisher: American Friends Service Committee
5 pages
Type: Newsletter
Coverage in Africa: South Africa, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Swaziland
Coverage outside Africa: United States
Language: English
Lockwood reports on his visits to Zambia and Swaziland, including a discussion with Thabo Mbeki, head of Information Services of the African National Congress (ANC), and Kay Moomsamy and Ted Pekane of the ANC national treasurer's office. Lockwood says they discusses that AFSC was an organization committed to the destruction of apartheid using nonviolent methods of struggle and the issue of violence in the ANC's work. Lockwood reports that he was told the ANC emphatically rejects "terrorism," that the ANC has to depend on the support of a large sector of South African society if it is to reach its goals of majority rule and racial justice for all, and that the ANC defended its use of armed struggle. Lockwood emphasized AFSC’s involvement in the divestment campaign and that AFSC can further its support for a just society in South Africa by supporting the United Democratic Front (UDF). He also reports on the ANC in Swaziland and impressions of the Swaziland's political situation. Lockwood discusses South Africa's new constitution; Dr. Allen Boesak, moderator of the World Alliance of Reformed Churches; Prime Minister Pieter Botha; and Alex Boraine, Progressive Federal Party MP. Lockwood reports that South Africa made a major raid on in December 1982, killing 42 people, including children, in retribution for ANC activities, and that ANC President Oliver Tambo made a major address in Lesotho. • A Change in Approach • National Service • The ANC in Swaziland • General Impressions of Swaziland's Political Situation
Used by permission of American Friends Service Committee.
Collection: Private collection of David Wiley and Christine Root