TELEPHONE CONVERSATIONS WITH REV. SUSAN AND REV. BRIAN (RED) BURCHFIELD FROM CAPE TOWN SOUTH AFRICA ON JUNE 9 AND 10, 1986

by National Namibia Concerns
Denver, Colorado, United States
June 10, 1986
2 pages
Type: Press Release
Coverage in Africa: South Africa
Coverage outside Africa: United States
Language: English
The press release says Rev. Susan Burchfield spent the greater part of Monday, June 9, with a clergy delegation in Crossroads, the squatter settlement near Cape Town, South Africa; Rev. Brian (Red) Burchfield was part of another clergy delegation in Crossroads during the day of June 10; both the Burchfields give strong eye-witness testimonies to challenge the South African police claim that the fighting in Crossroads is a black-on-black factional conflict; the Burchfields insist that the South African police are orchestrating and directing the destruction of key sections of Crossroads and that the South African police are using the vigilantes (Witdoeke) as tools in this military operation. The press release says Susan herself was tear-gassed along with the clergy delegation and a BBC camera crew; the attack on Monday concentrated on the KTC section of Crossroads. The press release asks people to call your senators and representatives demanding immediate and comprehensive sanctions by the United States government against South Africa until the present bloodshed is stopped, apartheid is abolished and real steps toward justice are taken in South Africa and to ask their local newspaper to follow up on the material in this news release. The press release says cables of support should be sent to Ms. Leslie Liddel, Western Province Council of Churches. The press release discusses the Zolani Center, Holy Cross Anglican Church in Old Crossroads, and Xhosa refugees.
Used by permission of former members of National Namibia Concerns.
Collection: Kenneth K. Martin Southern Africa Collection, Michigan State University Libraries Special Collections