i.d.a.f. news notes

by International Defense and Aid Fund for Southern Africa
with Geoffrey Wisner (editor), Kenneth Carstens
Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
April 1982
Publisher: International Defense and Aid Fund for Southern Africa
8 pages
The newsletter includes an edited version of an interview with Eric Biwa, Deputy Secretary for Economic Affairs of SWAPO (South West Africa People's Organization) by Colin Leis of WHRB radio in Cambridge. IDAF announces new publications on women and the liberation struggles in Southern Africa including: "You Have Struck a Rock," "Women under Apartheid," "To Honor Women's Day," "Namibia: The Facts," and "Remember Kassinga." The newsletter includes a review of the book Asking for Trouble, by Donald Woods. It reports on the Steyn Commission, whose mandate was to find ways to discipline the press. Also, the Rabie Commission, charged with investigating the adequacy of South Africa's security laws against the "total onslaught" of its enemies, recommended the creation of three new offenses - terrorism, subversion, and sabotage - to replace some "unsatisfactory laws." After a year of secret planning, a controversial English cricket team began competing in South Africa. The newsletter reports on Wilfrid Grenville Grey, IDAF's representative at the UN opening the IDAF Michigan Support Committee, to be staffed by Phyllis Jordan, Kano Smith of Detroit. This Committee is the result of efforts by late Reverend Professor Jack Bailey, the Episcopal Diocese, the Right Reverend Thomas J. Gumbleton, St. Agnes Roman Catholic Church, and the Rosa Parks Community Center. Events in February and March include references to UN Resolution 435; Front-Line States; Western Contact Group; Walvis Bay; UN General Assembly; Cuban troop; OAU (Organization of African Unity); Xhosa; Transkei; Federal Party; Pondoland; Prime Minister Vorster; Steve Biko; Donald Card; Security Police; Mamphela Ramphele; Nationalist Party; Lincoln Trust; Bishop Desmond Tutu, General Secretary of the South African Council of Churches (SACC); Goba Ndlovu; Media Workers' Association; the International Press Institute; Suppression of Communism Act; South African incursions into Angola; South African Defense Force (SADF); Sammy Adelman; Venda; Tshifhiwa Muofhe; Prime Minister P.W. Botha; African National Congress (ANC); Neil Aggett; John Vorster Square; Minister of Police leGrange; Food and Canning Workers Union; arms caches; ZAPU/PF; Prime Minister Robert Mugabe; Joshua Nkomo; Cuban Expeditionary Force; MPLA; Dr. Liz Floyd; Industrial Aid Society; Lutheran ministers; Rev. A.N. Mohamba; Rev. P. Phisiwa; Rev. N. Piswane; R.T. Shikora; Attorney General Visser; human rights; microwave links; squatters; Witwatersrand University; Mrs. Albertina Sisulu; Jeremy Clark; Secretary of State Haig; Soviet Union; UNITA; Jonas Savimbi; Australian Council of Trade Unions; Thami Mazwai; Media Workers' Association; St. Mary's Anglican Cathedral; British Council of Churches; Democratic Turnhalle Alliance (DTA); Peter Kalangula; Namibian Democratic Party; Foreign Minister Pik Botha; Peter Langeni; South African Youth Revolutionary Council; Khotso Seatlholo; South African Allied Workers Union; Helen Suzman; Dr. Hans Held; West German Lutheran Church; Thozamile Gqweta; Detainees' Parents Support Committee; Motor Assembly and Component Workers Union; kwaZulu and Transkei bantustans; Josiah Chinamano; ZANU; Andries Treurnicht; Zwelakhe Sisulu; UN Human Rights Commission; prison conditions; Prime Minister John Vorster; Lesotho Liberation Army (LLA); Basutoland Congress Party; Reagan administration; UN arms embargo; Ferdie Hartzenberg; South African Breweries Company; Supreme Council on Sport for Africa; Commonwealth countries; Olympics; Dr. Brand Fourie; the UN Committee against Apartheid; the sports boycott; Benjamin Brayley; General Walls; Republican Front; Ian Smith; U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Chester Crocker; Angolan Foreign Minister Jorge; Defense Minister Magnus Malan; State Security Council; Linda Bernhardt; Esther Levitan; Black Sash; Ralph Wortley; F.W. de Klerk; Buthelezi Commission; Harry Oppenheimer; the Anglo-American Corporation; kwaZulu; Oliver Tambo; Colin Eglin; Progressive Federal Party (PFP); Group Areas Act; Edgar Tekere; mercenaries; David Rockefeller; Chase Manhattan Bank; Khotso Seatlholo; South African Youth Revolutionary Council; President Moi of Kenya; National Resistance Movement (MNR); UN International Year of Mobilization for Sanctions against South Africa; Buffalo Brigade; General Lloyd; President Kenneth Kaunda; Herman Nickel; Conservative Party; Langa; Nelson Mandela; King Sobhuza; Sharpeville massacre; Nyanga; St. George's Cathedral; Senate Subcommittee on Security and Terrorism; Senator Denton; hunger strikers; Southern African Development Coordination Conference (SADCC); Commandant T.G. Marais; South African Armaments Corporation (Armscor); CIA; G5 artillery system; and Sam Nujoma. Contents: Michigan Office Opens • SWAPO and the West, An interview with Eric Biwa • PUBLICATIONS UPDATE • The South African Gadfly • Southern Africa News Calendar February and March 1982
Used by permission of a former staff member of the International Defense and Aid Fund for Southern Africa, United States Committee.
Collection: International Defense and Aid Fund for Southern Africa, United States Committee (Geoff Wisner collection), Michigan State University Libraries Special Collections