ECSA Bulletin

by Episcopal Churchpeople for a Free Southern Africa
New York, New York, United States
June 16, 1990
12 pages
Contents: Mandela • The newsletter includes a quote by Mendi Msimang, chief representative, ANC Mission, UK and Ireland. The newsletter includes Cosatu Executive Resolution on the Natal Violence. The newsletter says Nelson Mandela is due to arrive in the USA on 20 June for what will be a triumphal 12-day cross-country progress; he and his wife, Ms Winnie Mandela, will be in New York 20-22 June, with a ticker-tape parade up Broadway to City Hall, an evening rally at Yankee Stadium and an address to the United Nations General Assembly; the Mandelas will visit Boston on 23 June; the 24-26 will be Washington, D.C. The newsletter says the Deputy President of the African National Congress will meet with President Bush at the White House on the 25th. The newsletter says Mandela will address a joint session of Congress at 11 a.m. eastern time on Tuesday, 26 June; on 27 June the Mandelas will be in Atlanta where he will lay a wreath at the tomb of the Rev Dr Martin Luther King. Miami and Detroit will share the Mandelas on 28 June; on the 29th they will fly to California for meetings and rallies in Los Angeles, and on the following day in Oakland. The entire Mandela tour is sure to be extensively covered by press, radio and t.v. The newsletter says the Mandelas will depart the USA on 1 July, returning to South Africa via the United Kingdom, Ireland, Kenya, Ethiopia and Mozambique; that will be the final leg of a six-week grand trip that will have included stops in Botswana, France, Switzerland, the Federal Republic of Germany, the Vatican, the Netherlands and Canada. The newsletter says a continuing spate of 'relaxations' have emanated from Pretoria; the laws against some of the accommodations for all races are being cancelled, though no legislation enforcing equal treatment for all races has been emplaced. The newsletter says some political prisoners have been released; many more remain behind bars. The newsletter says the State of Emergency has been dropped except for Natal province; Pretoria’s enormous armory of apartheid laws and the police, military and judicial exercise of them remain intact. The newsletter says the superficial changes are widely promoted as meaningful movement toward democracy - and to get rid of economic sanctions. The newsletter says the 10 June 1990 ATLANTA JOURNAL & CONSTITUTION, on the eve of the African National Congress leader's arrival in the USA to a hero's welcome, carried a long account of the sordid American betrayal of Nelson Mandela; ironically - if that is the word - Mandela' s security arrangements for his 11 day USA visit - is in the hands of the Secret Service. The newsletter says a retired South African intelligence agent, Gerard Ludi, told the JOURNAL & CONSTITUTION that the spy in the ANC kept Millard Shirley - when he called the CIA's chief underground operative in South Africa - abreast of ANC activities. The newsletter reprints newspaper and magazine articles including "A brief truce-but now the dirty war has begun again" by Gavin Evans, "As Coetzee speaks, new clues emerge to back him" by Gavin Evans, "Letter bomb attack nearly takes life of Harare ANC priest" by Andrew Meldrum, "De Klerk loses touch with resentful whites" by Allister Sparks, "Afrikaner vigilantes threaten racial pact" by Fred Bridgeland, "Beware of sentiment among Afrikaners" by Anthony Sampson, "S. Africa's Inkatha Dealt Setback" by Allister Sparks, "US report describes an ecological  nightmare in S.African homelands", "ANC and unions call on De Klerk: 'Strip Buthelezi of police powers!'" by Carmel Rickard, "Ecumenical Meeting Urges Continued Pressure on South Africa", "Sacc church leaders vow to resist Foreign Funding Act", "MDM and Ama-Afrika in Uitenhage stop the war" by Thabo Daniels, "Military Coup follows Ciskei political upheaval", and "SACC launches a campaign against death squads camps". The newsletter discusses Nelson Mandela, MI-5, MI-6, Marlin Fitzwater, the Kennedy administration, Chief Mangosuthu Buthelezi (Gatsha Buthelezi), the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP), Oscar Dhlomo, the United Democratic Front (UDF), Kwazulu, the Worldwatch Institute, KwaZulu Police (KZP), Groote Schuur "accord", the World Council of Churches (WCC), Archbishop Dennis Hurley, the Wilgespruit Fellowship Centre (WFC), the End Conscription Campaign (ECC), the SACC (South African Council of Churches), the Disclosure of Foreign Funding Act, the Kagiso Trust, the Institute for a Democratic South Africa (IDASA), F.W. de Klerk, the Group Areas Act, the Population Registration Act, a united, non-racial South Africa, Dr. Hendrik Verwoerd, the Schelebush Commission, anti-apartheid organizations, NUSAS (National Union of South African Students), Prime Minster Vorster, black consciousness organizations, t.v. (television), Father Michael Lapsley, Max Coleman, former police captain Dirk Coetzee, the Human Rights Commission, letter bomb murders, Jeanette Curtis, Ruth First, John Dube, Phyllis Naidoo, Jack Curtis, the Pan Africanist Congress (PAC), Sam Chand, the Congress of South African Students (COSAS), the Transvaal Student Congress, the Harms Commission of Inquiry, the National Party, P.W. Botha, Cyril Ramaphosa, the National Union of Mineworkers, Hennie Muller, the South African Communist Party (SACP), Blanke Veiligheid (the White Protection Society), right-wing groups, the Democratic Party, Nkomati Accord, Renamo (MNR), Boers, COSATU (Congress of South African Trade Unions), Popo Molefe, mine dumps, gold, chromite, platinum, manganese, diamonds, uranium, the wars in Angola, the Bantustan system, the Non Aliened Movement, OAU (Organization of African Unity), Terror Lekota (Patrick Lekota), Raymond Mhlaba, Jeff Masemola, Midland Chamber of Industries (MCI), Charles Sebe, the Transkei, Pik Botha, Lennox Sebe, General OJ Gqozo, the Boarder Council of Churches, Bishop Bruce Evans, MDM (Mass Democratic Movement), Alexandra Youth Congress, CCB (Civil Co-operation Bureau), SAP (South African Police), the Legal Resources Centre (LRC), and General Johan van der Merwe.
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