i.d.a.f. news notes

by International Defense and Aid Fund for Southern Africa
with Kenneth Carstens, Julie Miller, Geoffrey Wisner (editor)
Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
June 1982
Publisher: International Defense and Aid Fund for Southern Africa
8 pages
The newsletter reports on May 16, Adelaide Tambo, wife of African National Congress (ANC) President Oliver Tambo, appeared at Haverford College in Pennsylvania to accept the honorary Doctorate of Law bestowed on Winnie Mandela by the college; Mrs. Mandela, a banned person, is not allowed to leave South Africa. An excerpted from Mrs. Tambo's speech is included. The newsletter also reports on a presentation on May 6 at Sparks House in Cambridge, the home of Peter Gomes, President of IDAF-USA, by Dennis Brutus, a poet, professor and anti-apartheid organizer. Brutus read from his prison poetry and discussed the political situation in Southern Africa and his history of conflict with the apartheid regime - his efforts to have black athletes included in the South African Olympic Team, his arrest and the months of hard labor on Robben Island, and his two attempts to escape imprisonment. The newsletter includes a review of the book Ah, But Your Land is Beautiful by Alan Paton. It reports that U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Chester Crocker told the Senate Subcommittee on Security and Terrorism that 60% of the support for the ANC and the South West Africa People's Organization (SWAPO) came from the Soviet bloc. The newsletter says ANC radio reported a military buildup of South African troops on the Mozambique and Zimbabwe borders. The newsletter says the Johannesburg Star reported that South Africa was shipping missiles from the Cape Town airport to Argentina in crates marked Tractor Parts. The newsletter discusses Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, the Dennis Brutus Defense Committee, the Reagan Administration, Sharpeville, Motor Assemblers and Component Workers Union of South Africa (MACWUSA), Dumili Makanda, Maxwell Matamgozi , Wandile Mjuza, Sipho Pityana, ahunger strike by squatters in St. George's Cathedral in Cape Town, Piet Koornhof, ZAPU, Joshua Nkomo, the Western Contact Group, Jonas Savimbi; UNITA, Prime Minister Robert Mugabe, Walter Sisulu, Pollsmoor Prison, gold, Defense Minister Magnus Malan, the Republican Front (formerly Rhodesian Front), National Resistance Movement (MNR), Reverend Albertus Maasdorf, the Namibian Council of Churches, Prime Minister P.W. Botha, the South African Defense Force (SADF), Neil Aggett, Martin Dolinchek, the South African Intelligence Service, Major General Charles Lloyd, Harry Oppenheimer, enriched uranium, the arms embargo, Edlo International, Koeberg nuclear plants, UN Council on Namibia, Seychelles President Rene, Tsepo Mashigo, Naphtali Manana, Ncimbithi Lubisi, UN Security Council, Brigadier Ian Khama, Abel Fernandez, Chris Anderson, John Landau, former Information Minister Cornelius Mulder, Andries Treurnicht, the Conservative Party, Portuguese President Eanes, Sam Nujoma, President Masire, Peter Langeni, South African Youth Revolutionary Council, F.W. de Klerk, the Nationalist Party, Cuban troops, the African Medical Association, the World Medical Association, Minister of State for Security Munangagwa, David van der Heever, Theunis Erasmus Kruger, the Detainees' Parents Support Committee, Minister of Justice Coetzee, Minister of Police le Grange, Patrick Makobela, sabotage, President Kenneth Kaunda, the Democratic Party of Zimbabwe, Andre Holland, Soviet Deputy Foreign Minister Leonid llyichev, Smangaliso Mkhatshwa, Southern African Bishops' Conference, Oscar Mpetha, the South African Air Force, Tsumeb, Organization of African Unity (OAU), African Development Bank, Treasury Secretary Donald Regan, Colonel Mike Hoare, the CIA, President Moi, Soweto, the Department of Community Development, the South African Allied Workers Union (SAAWU), the Terrorism Act, Thozamile Gqweta, Sam Kikine, Sisa Njikelanda, Barbara Hogan, Cedric Mayson, Alan Morris, Emma Mashinini, the Commercial Catering and Allied Workers Union, Rita Ndzanga, the General and Allied Workers Union, Bishop Graham Chadwick, J.P.J. Coetzee, prison population, Dirk Mudge, DTA, Hidipo Hamutenya, the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, Major Aleksei Koslov, Johan vanderMeschl, kwaZulu, Samora Machel, Donald Sole, the Export Administration Act, Southern African Catholic Bishops' Conference, the Rabie Commission, Helen Suzman, the Progressive Federal Party, the Engineering Workers Union, the National Manpower Commission, Association of Chambers of Commerce (ASSOCOM), UN Transition Assistance Group (UNTAG), sanctions, Peter Towers, John Parks, Albertina Sisulu, Wilford Marwane, Soekmekaar Police Station, American Bar Association, National Council of Churches, the Azanian National Youth Unity (AZANYU), Mfana Mtshali, Sipho Michigan Sipho Ngcobo, Hanchen Koornhof, Cabinet Minister Piet Koornhof, Senator Nancy Kassebaum, Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Africa, Bishop Desmond Tutu, South African Council of Churches, Columbia University, and Bophuthatswana. Contents: Adelaide Tambo on Winnie Mandela • A Talk with Dennis Brutus • Beauty and Pain • Southern Africa News Calendar April and May 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