ECSA Bulletin

by Episcopal Churchpeople for a Free Southern Africa
New York, New York, United States
August 8, 1986
10 pages
The newsletter reprints a letter to Rev. Brian Craig Burchfield from the South African Department of Home Affairs saying he had to leave South Africa before midnight on Tuesday, 15th July 1986. The newsletter includes an article HOME INTO PRISON. The article says on 9 June 1986, trade union leader Amon Msane returned. home to South Africa. He was arrested by security police as he stepped from his plane at Johannesburg's Jan Smuts airport; he has disappeared - as have so many thousands of South Africans during the present State of Emergency – into one of the apartheid regime's many prisons; Amon Msane had just come from six weeks of touring the United States - on a very special mission; Mr Msane is an official of one of South Africa's militant trade unions, the Commercial Catering and Allied Workers Union; he works as a shop steward in the Elandsfontein plant of the US multinational Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company; Amon Msane came to the USA to express his union's solidarity with US 3M workers who were losing their jobs at the Freehold, NJ plant because it was being closed; Mr. Msane was a guest in this country of the Oil, Chemical and Atomic Workers Union. The newsletter in transcripts of radio broadcasts by the U.S. Foreign Broadcast Information Service. The newsletter reprints newspaper articles including "Britain in spy hook-up with South Africa",  "An open letter to Mrs Thatcher from General Obasanjo", "Sanctions South Africa Imposes" by David Martin and Phyllis Johnson, "Rhodesia’s 14-year battle with sanctions" by Elizabeth Schmidt, "FOREIGN AFFAIRS: SOUTH AFRICA" by Ian Davidson, and "Voice from Hiding: A UDF leader speaks out". The newsletter discusses the African National Congress (ANC), South African military intelligence, GCHQ Cheltenham, Oliver Tambo, Soviet and Cuban political involvements, the White House, Downing Street, the Reagan Administration, the Carter Administration, the Thatcher government, Larry Speakes, the National Security Agency, the South African Directorate of Military Intelligence, the fall of the Portuguese empire, the Angolan civil war, the CIA, Seymour Hersh, the Communist Party, the Front Line States, Mozambique, Tanzania, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Chris Heunis, the Restoration of South African Citizenship bill, Stoffel Botha, the Population Registration Act, the Internal Security Amendment Bill, Guguletu, KwaNdebele, Transkei, Bophuthatswana, Venda, Ciskei, TBVC, Margaret Thatcher, Olusegun Obasanjo, the Commonwealth Eminent Persons Group, P.W. Both, Malcolm Fraser, the Mixed Marriages Act, the pillars of apartheid, the Group Areas Act, removal, homelands, the Benguela Railway, Zaire’s Shaba Province, the Southern African Development Coordination Conference (SADCC), Robert Mugabe, Prof. Deon Geldenhuys, the Associated Chambers of Commerce of Rhodesia, the Tobacco Export Promotion Council, John Graylin, Ruth Weiss, the Unilateral Declaration of Independence (UDI), Ian Smith, Sir Geoffrey Howe, the Conservative Party, the Labour government, the Internal Settlement, Joshua Nkomo, Abel Muzorewa, Harold Wilson, detained incommunicado, CCAWU, the MacNeil/Lehrer Newshour, The Washington Post, dirty tricks, South African ambassador Herbert Beukes, Allen Jacobson, Charlayne Hunter-Gault, The Labor Institute, Rev. Red Burchfield, Rev. Susan Burchfield, Minister of Home Affairs J.C.G. Botha, the UDF (United Democratic Front), Murphy Morobe, and Rondebosch. [Note: J.C.G. Botha is also known as Stoffel Botha.]
Used by permission of former board members of the Episcopal Churchpeople for a Free Southern Africa.
Collection: Elizabeth S. Landis collection, National Archives of Namibia