ECSA Bulletin

by Episcopal Churchpeople for a Free Southern Africa
New York, New York, United States
August 25, 1994
8 pages
Type: Newsletter
Coverage in Africa: Mozambique, South Africa, Kenya, Rwanda
Coverage outside Africa: United States, United Nations
Language: English
The newsletter says the Transvaal Rural Action Committee (TRAC) was established in 1983 by the Black Sash in response to the demand from rural black communities for assistance in resisting farced removals and incorporation into bantustans; it quickly became apparent that women were the most directly affected, yet they were almost always excluded from meetings or deliberations about strategy and struggle; beyond crisis prevention, TRAC's organizers worked to build women's groups to articulate women's voices in community fora; recent emphases include working for a lust land reform policy and adequate development of rural areas. The newsletter reprints newspaper articles including: "Mandela" by David Beresford, "Mandela warns of shallow change" by John Carlin, "Deadly Opportunities, New Markets for South Africa's Arms Industry" by Frank Smyth, "MOUTSE", "Back to the Land: South African Blacks Walk a Legal and Economic Maze" by Bill Keller, and "A state remade to the United Nations' design" by Victoria Brittain. The newsletter discusses Nelson Mandela, the ANC (African National Congress), apartheid, Bantu Education, the Reconstruction and Development Programme (RDP), the National Party, Chief Mangosuthu Buthelezi, General Constand Viljoen, Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK), Jay Naidoo, Joe Slovo, Lt. Gen Siphiwe Nyanda, Ronnie Kasrils, Minister of Defence Joe Modise, Law and Order Minister Sydney Mufamadi, F.W. de Klerk, Derek Keys, Chris Liebenberg, Inkatha, KwaNdebele, MamLydia, the Moutse Water Committee, the Federation of Transvaal Women (Fedtraw), the Congress of Traditional Leaders of South Africa (CONTRALESA), Ciskei, Renamo (Mozambique National Resistance, MNR), the Rwanda army, Conrad Kuhn, James Gasana, the United Nations arms embargo, the Denel corporation, Armscor, Johan Alberts, Tielman de Waal, the Eland Light Armored Car, the 127mm Vakkiri Multiple Rocket Launcer System, the 155mm G5 Howitzer, Andre Buys, Atlas Aviation, Kentron, Lyttleton Ingenieurswerke (LIW), Mechcchem Consultants, Naschem, Aserma, Avitronic, Barcome Electronics, Reutech Radar Systems, Grinaker Avitronics, Thabo Mbeki, President Joachim Chissano, Alfonso Dhaklama, Aldo Ajello, Unicef, Eduardo Mondlane, Ian Smith, the Roman Catholic church, the establishment of a Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the Kenyan government, and FRELIMO. [Note: this issue of the newsletter may be incomplete.]
Used by permission of former board members of the Episcopal Churchpeople for a Free Southern Africa.
Collection: Private collection of David Wiley and Christine Root