ECSA Bulletin

by Episcopal Churchmen for South Africa
New York, New York, United States
June 12, 1985
10 pages
Contents: NAMIBIA • Statement by the COUNCIL OF CHURCHES IN NAMIBIA • SENATE VOTES TO REPEAL CLARK AMENDMENT • ECC • A MESSAGE FROM ECSA • The newsletter says Monday, 17 June 1985, is the day set by the Pretoria regime for launching its 'interim government' in Namibia; a national holiday has been declared. School teachers are instructed to have their classes ready that morning to be bussed to the inauguration site, and if they do not they will be penalized; South African State President P.W. Botha is said to be coming to Windhoek for the formal ceremonies; a number of visitor are expected, such as Jonas Savimbi of the UNITA group fighting the government of the People's Republic of Angola, Namibia's northern neighbor; Bantustan leaders from South Africa; and parliamentary representatives from West Europe and the USA. The mailing includes Statement by the COUNCIL OF CHURCHES IN NAMIBIA from the Namibia Communications Centre, London. The newsletter includes a statement by the End Conscription Campaign that says the End Conscription Campaign was launched at the end of 1982 after Black Sash had called for an end to compulsory conscription at its annual conference that year; the campaign was seen as an appropriate response to the growing militarization of our society, the role of the SADF inside and outside South Africa and compulsory conscription of young white men into the arms. The statement says the ECC demands are that SADF troops be withdrawn from the townships; that SADF troops be withdrawn from Namibia; that young men be given the freedom to choose not to be part of this army; that there be a just peace in our land. The newsletter says the End Conscription Campaign in South Africa is marking its work with a PEACE FESTIVAL to be held at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg 28-30 June 1985 and asks people and organizations to send messages of support to Laurie Nathan at Khotso House. The newsletter reprints newspaper articles including "Mourners dip up PE bodies" by Mono Badela; "4 REBEL UNITS SIGN ANTI-SOVIET PACT" by Alan Cowell; "Angolan Rebel Rejects Partial Cuban Withdrawal" by Alan Cowell, "Wounded S. African Blacks Facing Arrest at Hospitals" by Allister Sparks; "Whites flee Pretoria’s call-up"by Eric Marsden; and "Angry scenes, arrests as treason trial starts". The newsletter discusses Multi-Party Conference (MPC), the South African Administrator-General, the South West African Police Force, Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Chester A. Crocker, United Nations Security Council resolutia1 435, the Reagan administration, Federal Republic of Germany Bundestag members, SWAPO, The Rev Dr Abisai Shejavali, Security Council Resolution 385 (1976), the United Nations Transitional Assistance Group (UNTAG), Security Council Resolution 431 (1978), SADF (South African Defence Force), Soweto, Sharpeville, Thembisa, Daveytown, Biopatong; Sebokend, Fingo Village, Langa, Alexandra, Dr. Mandikat Juta, racial unrest, Gavin Blackburn, the National Medical and Dental Association of South Africa (Namsa), the Kannemeyer Commission, bullets, the black township of Kwanobuhle, the Zwide cemetery, unrest victims, bodies, Elsie Mantle, the UDF (United Democratic Front), Cuban soldiers, the State Department Authorization Bill, Lewis E. Lehrman, anti-Soviet groups, Dr. Gerry Coovadia, the South African Communist Party (SACP), the South African Allied Workers Union, apartheid, Chester Crocker, the Progressive Federal Party (PFP), military call-up laws, Afrikaners, Judge Donald Kannerneyer, police (South African Police, SAP), and the Council of Churches in Namibia (CCN).
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