Statement on United States Policy Towards South Africa Before the Special Political Committee of The United Nations General Assembly

by William Booth, American Committee on Africa
with Jennifer Davis
New York, New York, United States
December 1981
Publisher: American Committee on Africa
9 pages
Type: Testimony
Coverage in Africa: Angola, Namibia, South Africa
Coverage outside Africa: United States, Cuba, Russian Federation, United Nations
Language: English
Cover letter and testimony by William Booth on United States Policy Towards South Africa before the Special Political Committee on November 24, 1981. Booth discusses the Reagan Administration policy of constructive engagement and a speech by Assistant Secretary of State Chester Crocker on the administration’s proclaiming U.S. neutrality regarding South Africa. Booth points out that Crocker’s statement that the U.S. will not support to people who seizing and holding power through violence ignores the methods the South African government is using to retain its power. Booth also discusses the case of Johannes Shabangu, David Moise, and Anthony Tsotsobe, three African National Congress members who were sentenced to death. Booth citicizes the South African invasion of Angola intended to destroy SWAPO and punish Angola for its continuing support for the Namibian liberation struggle. He also criticizes the U.S. for vetoing the UN Security Council resolution condemning the South African invasion. The Reagan administration wants to shift the blame for the continuing conflict from South Africa to SWAPO, Cuba, the Soviet Union and Angola. The administration wants the Clark Amendment to be repealed and also is moving away from an effective enforcement of the UN arms embargo against South Africa. Booth discusses actions Americans are taking against U.S. "constructive engagement" with South Africa, including campaigns to support legislation before state governments and city councils that would prohibit investment of public money in banks and corporations that operate in South. Student anti-apartheid organizing is also growing. For example, a National Student Anti-Apartheid Strategy Conference sponsored by the Hunter College Student Government was held in early October in New York. The United Nations has played an important role in supporting some of these efforts. • U.S. "Neutrality" • Power Through Violence • The Arms Embargo • Public Investment and South Africa • Student Action • Conclusion
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Used by permission of Africa Action (successor to the American Committee on Africa).
Collection: Africa Action Archive