ECSA Bulletin

(#137)
by Episcopal Churchpeople for a Free Southern Africa
New York, New York, United States
June 16, 1993 anniversary of the Soweto Massacre of 1976
10 pages
Type: Newsletter
Coverage in Africa: Angola, Namibia, South Africa
Coverage outside Africa: United States
Language: English
Contents: "Free and fair" election in South Africa? • COVERT ACTION QUARTERLY [CAQ] • The newsletter reports that, if and when the ANC obtains nominal shared control over the South African security forces, one cannot assume that violence and intimidation during the transition process will end. In Namibia, UNTAG was unable to prevent violence and intimidation throughout the populous north until the very end of the electoral campaign period. The Namibian electoral process could not have succeeded without the United Nations' massive presence (plus economic and political pressure exerted by the West on a vulnerable Pretoria). The newsletter says it is unlikely that the UN will be present in South Africa under comparable conditions, so other respected non-partisan groups (like the churches and human rights groups) will need to ensure that there are adequate numbers of private observers/monitors and press in the Republic throughout the entire electoral process to monitor and expose violence and intimidation (as well as unfair manipulation). The newsletter includes “Total Deaths May 1992 to May 1993 by the Human Rights Commission” from the CAQ Summer 1993 issue. The author, Jacques Pauw, is South Africa's leading analyst of the country's military/security right wing. Pauw examines South African right-wing threats and connection with groups in Europe and the U.S. The newsletter reprints newspaper and magazine articles including: "Unsung hero of Biko conspiracy" by Allister Sparks, "S African death penalty debate puts 300 at risk" by David Beresford, "MAKING PEACE FROM BELOW" by Khotso Kekana and Albert Nolan, "WILL SOUTH AFRICA’S ELECTION BE FREE AND FAIR?" by Jan Hofmeyer, and "AMONG THE DEAD IN ANGOLA" by John Liebenburg. The newsletter discusses the African National Congress (ANC), Steve Biko, pathologist Dr. Jonathan Gluckman, Black Consciousness, death in detention, the Rand Daily Mail, the apartheid regime, Minister of Justice Jimmy Kruger, the post-mortem examination, brain damage, Helen Zille, a hunger strike, the Press Council, Prime Minister John Vorster, the Newspaper Press Union, Sydney Kentridge, prisoners on death row, F.W. de Klerk, Parliament, hangings, Nelson Mandela Winnie Mandela, Klaus von Lieres und Wilkau, the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP), the National Party, the multi-party negotiations, Carl Niehaus, Jacob Magazine Dlomo, Jeppe Hostel, Selby Hostel, violence, German Mlatsheni, the South African Council of Churches (SACC), Rev. Mvume Dandala, Central Methodist Mission, the Johannesburg Municipality, the Transvaal Provincial Administration, Christmas, a Peace Service, Wesley Hall, moral values, hostel residents, the Christian Service Organisations, Father Sean O’Leary, the Catholic Justice and Peace Commission, Craig Charney, voters, DTA (Democratic Turnhalle Alliance), SWAPO, SWAPO-D, Sr. Bernard Ncube, ITC (Institute for Contextual Theology),  Randy Erentzen, the Vote Project, the Centre for Development Studies at the University of the Western Cape, the Education for Democracy Campaign, the Pan Africanist Congress (PAC), the Azanian Peoples’ Liberation Army (APLA), South African mercenaries, Angolan oil instillations, Cabinda, a twin engine Cessna, Sonogol, Soyo, the MPLA, UNITA, Ranger Oil, Buks Buys, Eben Barlow, Executive Outcomes, Koevoet, the Civil Cooperation Bureau, Col. Frank Taljaard, Philip Robert Smith, Zaire, and SouthScan.
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