DESTABILIZING SOUTHERN AFRICA: APARTHEID'S WAR ON THE FRONT LINE STATES

by The MSU Coalition to Build A Shanty
East Lansing, Michigan, United States
November 1986
4 pages
The pamphlet says during the colonial era Zimbabwe (then Rhodesia), the Portuguese colonies of Angola and Mozambique and the other nations in the Southern Africa region developed a close dependency on the South African economy and its transportation routes; with the liberation of Angola, Mozambique and (later) Zimbabwe this dependency was turned into a weapon by South Africa which it combined with repeated military, incursions to destabilize the newly independent states in the region. The pamphlet says when the African states in the region joined together in 1980 to form the Southern African Development Coordinating Conference (SADCC) in order to minimize this dependency, Apartheid South Africa escalated the military and economic destabilization campaign; not only is South Africa concerned about the support which neighboring states can give to internal liberation forces like the ANC, SWAPO and PAC but it also wants to destroy the example that these countries would represent to the disenfranchised black majority in South Africa. The pamphlet discusses the ANC (African National Congress), SWAPO (South West African People’s Organization), the PAC (Pan Africanist Congress), FNLA, Secretary of State Kissinger, the CIA (Central Intelligence Agency), Jonas Savimbi, UNITA, MPLA, Cuban troops, invasions by South African troops, the Reagan administration, MNR, South African commandos, President Samora Machel, sanctions, the Zimbabwe-Beira railway and pipeline, and covert aid.
Used by permission of former member of Southern Africa Liberation Committee.
Collection: Private collection of David Wiley and Christine Root