What's the Word?

On Zimbabwe
by Southern Africa Solidarity Committee
Providence, Rhode Island, United States
Undated, October 1978 or later
1 page
Type: Leaflet
Coverage in Africa: Zimbabwe
Coverage outside Africa: United States
Language: English
The leaflet says while the words Apartheid and Southern Africa have become virtually synonymous, many people do not realize that a form of apartheid exists in Zimbabwe (Rhodesia). In response to this oppression the black people formed, in December 1961, the Zimbabwe African People's Union (ZAPU). About one year later part of ZAPU broke away and formed the Zimbabwe African National Union (ZANU). Today these two groups have banned together to form the Patriotic Front. Because of this pressure and the low morale of the whites Ian Smith has had to talk with three "moderate" blacks. These include Rev. Ndabaning [Ndabaningi] Sithole, Bishop Abel Muzorewa, and Senator Jeremiah Chirau. On March 3 of this year the four signed an agreement providing for a ten year transitional government and elections to be held by the end of the year. Not only is this agreement a sham in theory, but also in practice. Recently, Byron Hove, a black cabinet minister, was fired for suggesting that more blacks be incorporated into the police force. On September 10, 1978 Ian Smith declared martial law. This proves, as the Patriotic Front has said from the beginning, the "internal settlement" is a farce.
Collection: Dean McHenry, Jr. Southern Africa Collection, Michigan State University Libraries Special Collections