i.d.a.f. news notes

(Issue No. 25)
by International Defense and Aid Fund for Southern Africa
with Geoffrey Wisner (editor), Kenneth Carstens
Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
February 1986
Publisher: International Defense and Aid Fund for Southern Africa
8 pages
The newsletter says shortly after a meeting of bankers in London agreed to reschedule South Africa's enormous foreign debt, an editorial on the government-controlled Radio South Africa thankfully attributed the bankers' understanding of the South African situation to the government's news blackout, which had done much to eliminate the images of protest and violence in the news which had earlier "misinformed" the bankers; as a comment on this, the newsletter includes excerpts from the MacNeil-Lehrer NewsHour broadcast on National Public TV on December 19, 1985 with Michael Buerk of the BBC, Michael Parks, correspondent for the Los Angeles Times and CBS news correspondent Allen Pizzey; the interviewer is Robert MacNeil. The newsletter reports Elijah Barayi of the National Union of Mineworkers was elected to lead the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU). The newsletter reports Winnie Mandela defied her banning order by making a speech to an estimated 100,000 mourners at the funeral of the 13 people killed by police at Mamelodi. The newsletter reports the General Assembly adopted an International Convention Against Apartheid prohibiting contacts with South Africa; several countries abstained from voting, including the US and some Western European nations. The newsletter reports twelve anti-apartheid dissidents were released from detention, including lawyer Abdulla Omar and a Lutheran minister; they were immediately given orders restricting their movements and political activity. The newsletter reports debt mediator Fritz Leutwiler began talks with Foreign Minister "Pik" Botha, Finance Minister Barend duPlessis, and President P.W. Botha. The newsletter reports France has imposed unilateral sanctions including a ban on all new investment and on new contracts for the importing of South African coal. The newsletter reports Japan imposed sanctions against South Africa including a ban on export of computers. The newsletter reports the Danish government passes a bill severing all trade between Denmark and South Africa. The newsletter discuses/includes information on the National Parents' Crisis Committee, the Soweto Parents' Crisis Committee, police armed with sten guns, Robert Mugabe, the ghetto of KwaThema, the Congress of South African Students (COSAS), the State of Emergency, Student Representative Councils, Yousuf Gabru, the MPLA, President Dos Santos, SADF (South African Defence Force), the Prisons Service, South Africa's Reserve Bank, Gerhard deKock, the ANC (African National Congress), the World Council of Churches, Desmond Tutu, comprehensive sanctions, the UN Security Council, Mlungisi near Queenstown, Nelson Mandela, UDF (United Democratic Front), Azapo, Walmer, Archie Gumede, Albertina Sisulu, a trade union campaign for a boycott on South African goods, SAAWU (South African Allied Workers Union), Defense Minister Magnus Malan, Rev. Allan Boesak, Secretary of State George Shultz, Secretary General Javier Perez de Cuellar, South African troops in Cunene province, Zindzi and Zenani Mandela, Pondo tribesmen, Zulus, Molly Blackburn, Black Sash President Sheena Duncan, President Samora Machel, PFP (Progressive Federal Party), Frederik van Zyl Siabbert, MNR, Dr. Wendy Orr, the Conservative Caucus of Congress, the Chevron Corporation, Gulf Oil, Desmond Sixishe, Guguletu, the Criminal Procedures Act, Oliver Tambo, Impala platinum mines in the Bophuthatswana Bantustan, SWAPO, Gatsha Buthelezi, William Gray, Zaire, kwaNdebele, the State Security Council, the Nkomati accord, Alexandra, Chester Crocker, Chief Ampie Mayisa, the Angolan Defense Ministry, UNITA, trade unionist Andries Raditsela, the Chemical Workers Industrial Union (CWIU), FOSATU (Federation of South African Trade Unions), EEC (European Economic Community), SACC (South African Council of Churches), Chief Leabua jonathan, Patrick Lekota, Popo Molefe, Tebogo Moselane, Maj. Gen. Justin Lekhanya, the Federated Chamber of Industries, King Moshoeshoe II, the UN High Commission for Refugees, Chery Karolis, Murphy Morobe, Hoffman Galeng, the Huhudi Civic Association, the Soviet Union, Jonas Savimbi, and SADCC ((Southern African Development Coordination Conference). Contents: Ignorance is Bliss? • New Leaders in South Africa • Thanks to Our Supporters • TRIALS AND DETENTIONS ARE CONTINUING! • Southern Africa News Calendar December 1985 and January 1986 • Censorship • News Blackout • POLICE REPORTS • Acronyms and Abbreviates
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