TransAfrica News

(Vol. 8, No. 1)
by TransAfrica
Washington, DC, United States
Summer 1989
6 pages
Type: Newsletter
Coverage in Africa: Angola, Namibia, South Africa
Coverage outside Africa: United States, Caribbean, Jamaica, United Nations
Language: English
Contents: INDEPENDENCE FOR NAMIBIA • BUSH BEHIND ON SOUTH AFRICA • CHAPTER NEWS • INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION EMPHASIZED IN WAR ON DRUGS • SANCTIONS • FOREIGN AID TO SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA • CBI II • The United Nations’ unwillingness to confront South Africa's intimidatory tactics in Namibia is endangering that country's prospects for peace and independence. Reports by recent U.S. observers in Namibia have called attention to numerous cases of intimidation by South African led security forces and criticized the process for registering voters and urged the drafting of a new election law. TransAfrica has worked with Gay McDougal, director of the Southern Africa Project of the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, to ensure that the administration, Congress, the media, and the public pay attention to the struggle for independence of Namibia. South Africa retains control of Namibia and the electoral process until independence, and United Nations authorities there have been willing to overlook South Africa's repeated violations of agreements governing independence of the country. The Bush administration has not articulated any coherent principles to guide its policy and actions in Africa, despite several meetings and consultations with Congressional and other  experts, including Albertina Sisulu (co-founder of the United Democratic Front). It has continued military support for UNITA rebels in Angola, indicating a disturbing attachment to former President Reagan's discredited policies for the region.  Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Reverend Allan Boesak, and Reverend Beyers Naude addressed the American Forum on South Africa on May 17, appealed for an active U.S. role in southern Africa and urged the enactment of tougher, more comprehensive sanctions. The Congressional hosts for the Forum were Senators Edward Kennedy and Paul Simon and Congressmen Ronald Dellums and Howard Wolpe. TransAfrica held its Annual Membership and Chapters Meeting in June, where its chairman, Mayor Richard Hatcher, welcomed members, and Randall Robinson outlined TransAfrica's policy priorities and reported on the capital campaign. Brief chapter reports are noted from Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, and Washington, D.C. (which participated in successful effort to stop a meeting between President Bush and F. W. de Klerk). H.R. 21/S.507, the Anti-Apartheid Act Amendments of 1989, which would impose comprehensive sanctions on South Africa, have been referred to the Senate and House committees. H.R. 2939, Foreign Operations & Export Financing Appropriations for Fiscal Year 1990, as passed in the House, contained a disproportionately small amount ($515 million) for Sub-Saharan Africa. The elected TransAfrica Board comprises Harry Belafonte, Charles Cobb, Courtland Cox, Ron Dellums, Richard Hatcher, Willard Johnson, William Lucy, Percy Sutton, James Turner, Maxine Waters, and Robert White. The newsletter mentionss the South West African People's Organization (SWAPO), Koevet, the South West African Broadcasting Company, Ellen Washington, Civil Rights Commissioner Mary F. Berry, the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), Lieutenant Governor Doug Wilder, Senator Claiborne Pell, Representative David Obey, House Foreign Operations Sub-Committee, and TransAfrica staff Lisa Alfred and Ibrahim Gassama.
Used by permission of TransAfrica.
Collection: Private collection of David Wiley and Christine Root