SOUTH AFRICA: THE COUNTDOWN TO ELECTIONS

(Issue 8)
by Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
Washington, DC, United States
March 11, 1994
4 pages
Type: Newsletter
Coverage in Africa: South Africa
Coverage outside Africa: United States
Language: English
Contents: CRISIS ERUPTS IN BOPHUTHATSWANA • LIST DEADLINE EXTENDED AGAIN • VIOLENCE MONITOR • UNREST IN PRISONS THREATENED OVER DENIAL OF RIGHT TO VOTE • LABOR UNREST OVER ELECTIONS POSSIBLE • NATIONAL PARTY LIST OF CANDIDATES • The newsletter says the recent explosion of civilian uprisings in the nominally “independent” homeland Bophuthatswana (Bop) and President Lucas Mangope's repressive response to them have now placed Bop residents' hopes of participating in South Africa's first democratic election in jeopardy. What began as a strike by members of the civil service has mushroomed into widespread demonstrations against President Mangope; Mangope has reportedly responded with repressive security force actions directed at demonstrators, journalists, political parties, and human rights activists. The newsletter includes the NATIONAL PARTY NATIONAL ASSEMBLY LIST-- PWV REGION. The newsletter discusses unrest in Mafikeng, riot police, Mmabatho, anti-government civil servant protestors, the ANC (African National Congress), Lawyers for Human Rights, the Human Rights Commission, Taba Nchu near Bloemfontein, a voter education workshop for employees of Moroka Hospital, Godfrey Sojane, Rustenburg, Mothibistate, an "illegal gathering," Bop’s Internal Security Act 32, International Human Rights Day celebrations, the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), the Transitional Executive Council (TEC), the Bophuthatswana Parliament, an ANC People's Forum, the April election, the Constitution, Popo Molefe, tourists, Sun City, negotiator Roelf Meyer, the groups still boycotting the election, a British printing company, ballots, Pretoria-Witwatersrand-Vaal (PWV), Natal Province, people killed in Bhambayi, the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP), the Internal Stability Unit of the South African Police (SAP), the Electoral Law, the South African Prisoners Organization for Human Rights (SAPOHR), Golden Miles Bhudu, the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU), Eve Thompson, PAC (Pan Africanist Congress), and the National Party (NP). [The correct spelling of Mothibistate may be Mothibistad.]
Used by permission of Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.
Collection: Elizabeth S. Landis collection, National Archives of Namibia