[Sir; We have just received word that two activists of the Grahamstown Rural Committee . . .]

by Mark E. Weber, Chicago Committee in Solidarity with Southern Africa
Chicago, Illinois, United States
May 25, 1990
Publisher: Chicago Committee in Solidarity with Southern Africa
1 page
Type: Correspondence
Coverage in Africa: South Africa
Coverage outside Africa: United States
Language: English
Letter to South African President F.W. de Klerk singed by Mark E. Weber of the Chicago-Alexandra Sister Community Project of the Chicago Committee in Solidarity with Southern Africa. The letter says we have just received word that two activists of the Grahamstown Rural Committee, Glen Sonwabo Thomas and Robert Nogula, have been detained since May 11, 1990, under the Internal Security Act; the mysterious circumstances surrounding their detention, as well as the fact that Mr. Thomas is an office holder in the now unbanned African National Congress, makes this action very disturbing. The mailing says the Chicago-Alexandra Sister Community Project Committee deplores the detention of Mr. Thomas and Mr. Nogula; the United States-South Africa Sister Community Project develops constructive relationships between U.S. cities and South African community organizations like the Grahamstown Rural Committee, and so we in Chicago are outraged by this action; we urge you to release Mr. Thomas and Mr. Nogula immediately, and provide an explanation of their detention or give an apology for it. The letter says at the very time that you are trying to show that there is a climate of change in South Africa, this event indicates a step backwards; we urge you to release all detainees and political prisoners, so that a political climate in which negotiations can take place becomes a possibility.
Used by permission of former members of the Chicago Committee in Solidarity with Southern Africa.
Collection: Kathleen M. Devine papers