SOUTH AFRICA: THE COUNTDOWN TO ELECTIONS

(Issue 2)
by Southern Africa Project, Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
Washington, DC, United States
December 17, 1993
5 pages
Type: Newsletter
Coverage in Africa: South Africa
Coverage outside Africa: United States, United Nations
Language: English
Contents:  ALL RACE TEC GETS UNDERWAY • IEC TO BE FORMED SOON • LEGISLATION ON HOMELANDS PASSED; OTHERS STILL PENDING • RIGHT WING SETS CONDITIONS FOR PARTICIPATING IN ELECTIONS • ANC PLEDGES TO INCLUDE WOMEN ON NOMINATION LIST • VIOLENCE MONITOR • SECURITY FORCE WATCH • Goldstone Commission Admits Existence of Hit Squad • South African Peace Force by Election Time Doubtful • VOTER ATTITUDES MONITOR • U.N. FINALLY GETS NOD FROM TEC • CONFERENCE ON MONITORING HELD • U.S. BUSINESS/CIVIC INITIATIVE AWARDS FIRST ELECTION GRANT • The newsletter includes a quote by Nelson Mandela in Stockholm en route to Oslo. The newsletter says on December 6, the Transitional Executive Council (TEC) began its work as the chief overseer of South Africa's transition to democratic rule, giving blacks the first opportunity blacks to participate in governing the country. The newsletter discusses the Multi-party Negotiations Forum, the Pan Africanist Congress (PAC), the Afrikaner Volksunie (AVU), the United Nations oil embargo against South Africa, a peaceful transition to democracy, the KwaZulu homeland, the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP), Chief Mangosuthu Buthelezi, the KwaZulu Police (KZP), the National Party, the ANC (African National Congress), Police Minister Hernus Kriel, ANC Secretary General Cyril Ramaphosa, Chief Government Negotiator Roelf Meyer, black townships, the Internal Stability Unit (ISU), the South African Police (SAP), the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), nominally independent homelands (Transkei, Venda, Bophuthatswana, and Ciskei), the Electoral Bill, the Executive Committee of the Freedom Alliance, Parliament, the April elections, the Conservative Party (CP), the Orange Free State, the Afrikaners People's Front, Winnie Mandela, the ANC Women’s League, the Human Rights Commission (HRC), the PWV region, Thokoza, Katlehong, the Goldstone Commission of Inquiry Regarding the Prevention of Public Violence and Intimidation, the existence of hit squads in Natal, the KwaZulu Police (KZP), Mbongeni Khumalo, the Caprivi Strip in northern Namibia, the South African Defence Force (SADF), paramilitary tactics, liberation movement organizations, Peter Stevens, the Commonwealth Observer Mission to South Africa, Markinor, the Democratic Party (DP),the South African Communist Party (SACP), the April 27 election, the Organization of African Unity (OAU), the European Community, election observers, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), the UN Electoral Assistance Unit, a National Conference on Election Monitoring and Observing, the South African Free Elections Fund (SAFE), the Ecumenical Assistance Trust for Voter Education, Dr. Anthony O’Reilly, Judge Leon Higginbotham, Theodore Sorensen, Jewel Jackson McCabe, and Wilma Mankiller.
Used by permission of Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.
Collection: Elizabeth S. Landis collection, National Archives of Namibia