ECSA Bulletin

by Episcopal Churchmen for South Africa
New York, New York, United States
Michaelmass 1978 [actual date early October 1978]
14 pages
Contents: NAMIBIA • NAMIBIAN CHURCH LEADERS WRITE PRIME MINISTER BOTHA - 4 October 1978 • JOINT STATEMENT BY NAMIBIAN CHURCH LEADERS • NAMIBIAN CHURCHES CALL FOR PRAYER AND APPEAL TO ALL PARTIES AND COUNTRIES INVOLVED IN THE WESTERN SETTLEMENT PLAN FATHER MORROW IN NEW YORK • ORDER UNDER SECTION 1 OF THE UNDESIRABLES, REMOVAL PROCLAMATION, 1920 (PROCLAMATION 50 OF 1920) • MEMORANDUM TO HIS EXCELLENCY MARTTI AHTISAARI, UNITED NATIONS SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE FOR NAMIBIA FROM NAMIBIAN CHURCH LEADERS • THE FREEDOM TO BE FREE: THE MASERU DECLARATION • NAMIBIA - 'Where a black person has never had a right' • INACCURACY AND DISTORTION IN PRESS REPORTS ON NAMIBIA • The newsletter says on 20 September, South African Prime Minister Balthazar Johannes Vorster announced Pretoria's rejection of the United Nations plan for bringing independence to the International Territory of Namibia. The newsletter reports on 29 September, the United Nations Security Council approved that plan and established for a 12-month period under its authority a United Nations Transitional Assistance Group (UNTAG) to give effect to the plan; the Council called on South Africa to cooperate and set 23 October for Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim to report back. The newsletter includes a joint statement by Bishop R. Koppman, Roman Catholic Church, Diocese of Windhoek; Bishop J. Kauluma, Anglican Church in Namibia; Pastor K. Dumeni, Evangelical Lutheran Ovambokavango Church; and Pastor P. Gowaseb, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Namibia. The newsletter reports the United Nations Special Committee against Apartheid on 21 September called for an embargo on the supply of petroleum and petroleum products to South Africa. The newsletter reports the World Council of Churches will give $125,000 from its Fund to Combat Racism to the South West Africa People's Organization of Namibia. The newsletter includes a statement by the United Evangelical Lutheran Church; the Roman Catholic Church, Diocese of Windhoek; and the Anglican Church in Namibia. The newsletter includes excerpts from a talk by Rev. Morrow. The newsletter includes a memorandum to Martti Ahtisaari from the United Evangelical Lutheran Church, Roman Catholic Church in SWA/Namibia, Anglican Church, and African Methodist Episcopal Church. The newsletter includes a newspaper opinion article “On the side of the wretched” by Colin Winter, Bishop of Damaraland-in-exile. The newsletter includes a statement by delegates of the Anglican Church of Namibia meeting in Maseru, Lesotho, from 2nd - 6th July 1978. The newsletter includes excerpts from the report by two Scandinavians, Marja-Liisa and Kimma Kiljunen, visited Namibia in the period when the South African Defence Farce struck at the SWAPO refugee camp deep in Angola on 4 May 1978. The newsletter includes reprints of two newspaper articles: "KEY NAMIBIA LEADER FACING OPPOSITION" by John F. Burns and "'Buried alive' charge" by David Martin. The newsletter discusses/includes information on SWAPO, P.W. Botha, the Lutheran World Federation,  Bishop Leonard Auala, Leslie O. Harriman, free elections under the supervision and control of the United Nations, Mishake Muyongo, Marthinus Steyn, Rev. Edward Morrow, Laureen Morrow, Rev. Heinz Hunke, detention, torture, the Students Representative Councils, the National Union of South African Students, the South African Defence Force (SADF), UNITA, the Democratic Turnhalle Alliance (DTA), the Bantu Administration Office, the Security Police, Lucia Hamutenya, Billy Marais, the Namibia National Front (NNF), the Ombalantu camp, South African troops, Oshakati, Ovamboland, Prime Minister Ndjoba of Owambo, Sam Nujoma, Herman Toivo, Toivo ja Toivo, Robben Island, Finnish missionaries, black soldiers, the South African Police (SAP), and the Oshigambo camp. [Note: Toivo's name is often spelled Toivo ya Toivo.]
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