U.S. Policy Towards the Transition in South Africa

by Dumisani S. Kumalo, American Committee on Africa
New York, New York, United States
September 30, 1993
Publisher: American Committee on Africa
4 pages
Type: Testimony
Coverage in Africa: South Africa
Coverage outside Africa: United States
Language: English
Testimony of Dumisani S. Kumalo, Projects Director of the American Committee on Africa (ACOA), before the House Subcommittee on Africa on U.S. Policy towards the Transition in South Africa. Kumalo says he has just returned from South Africa, which is going through what is both its deadliest and most exciting period. He says U.S. political or economic support will help the people of South Africa create a democratic society of their own choosing. Kumalo says 16 years ago when he fled the apartheid government and came to the U.S., his mission was to do everything he could to organize a movement against apartheid. Working for the ACOA, he immediately began traveling to all 50 states testifying before city, county and state governments; he organized churches, unions, colleges and other grassroots organizations into a movement that became responsible for the passage of state and local sanctions in nearly 30 states and more than 100 cities and by more than 100 colleges and universities. Now Nelson Mandela has called for lifting these sanctions. Kumalo says there is no doubt that the violence in South Africa is linked directly to subverting the progress towards democracy. Kumalo says that, since July, nearly 1,000 black South Africans have died in political violence. He discusses State President F.W. de Klerk, the African National Congress (ANC), Chief Gatsha Buthelezi, Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP), elections, and the Transitional Executive Council (TEC). Kumalo says U.S. funds must be used to strengthen organizations that will become the guarantors of democracy in South Africa.
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