SOUTH AFRICA: THE COUNTDOWN TO ELECTIONS

(Issue 9)
by Southern Africa Project, Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
Washington, DC, United States
March 25, 1994
Publisher: Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
6 pages
Type: Newsletter
Coverage in Africa: South Africa
Coverage outside Africa: United States
Language: English
Contents: FOCUS ON THE VIOLENCE IN NATAL • COMMENTS ON STATISTICS • FOCUS IN THE MIDLANDS • FOCUS ON KWAMTHETHWA • FOCUS ON NDWEDWE • GOLDSTONE IMPLICATES POLICE IN VIOLENCE • HRC REPORTS ON ELECTION RELATED ACTS OF INTIMIDATION • PRISONERS GIVEN RIGHT TO VOTE • The newsletter says with the recent fall of the governments in the Bophuthatswana and Ciskei homelands, the government of the “self-governing” homeland of KwaZulu remains as the last significant stumbling block in the way of a relatively peaceful transition to democracy in South Africa. The newsletter says in a recent speech before the KwaZulu parliament, the leader of KwaZulu, Chief Mansosuthu Buthelezi reiterated his hardline stance when he threatened that war would result from the election being contested without the participation of his government's party, the lnkatha Freedom Party (IFP); lnkatha continues to oppose the election and has chosen not to contest it. The newsletter says the Transitional Executive Council announced on March 23 that it has reversed its decision not to allow all prisoners to vote in the forthcoming elections. The newsletter discusses the ANC (African National Congress), Justice Johann Kriegler, the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), Zulu chief Calakubo Khawula, the KwaZulu Parliament, Inkatha’s election boycott, political violence, the Human Rights Commission, police, independent and international monitoring groups, Richmond, Natal Midlands, the Masunkazane area, Patheni, ammunition, Patgebu, the SAP (South African Police) Criminal Intelligence Service, Creighton, the Ixopo district, Mahlele, posters for a voters education workshop, ANC supporters, children, youth, Dumisani Khuzwayo, the IFP Youth Brigade, Thulani Dlamini, Paulos Vezi, Bulwer, Gamantu Sithole, killings, bail, Taylor's Halt, Vulindlela, Chief Minister Mangosuthu Buthelezi, the Goldstone Commission of Inquiry Regarding the Prevention of Public Violence and Intimidation, international police experts, a massacre, Nseleni, Empangeni, the Mabhuyeni reserve, death threats, Ngwelezane,  the ISU (Internal Stability Unit), Sonkombo, Milton Meylwa, Mr. Phineas Mfayala, gun running, the illegal manufacture of weapons, a so-called "third force," Themba Khoza, KwaZulu Police (KZP), the National Party, the upcoming election, the Democratic Party (DP), Bonteheuwel, Orange Free State, Western Cape, F.W. de Klerk, house burnings, refugees, and an ANC spy.
Used by permission of Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.
Collection: Elizabeth S. Landis collection, National Archives of Namibia