South African Election Watch - Countdown to Democracy

by Wyatt Tee Walker, Religious Action Network, American Committee on Africa
New York, New York, United States
March 18, 1994
Publisher: American Committee on Africa
6 pages
Type: Mailing
Coverage in Africa: South Africa
Coverage outside Africa: United States
Language: English
This memorandum to members of the Religious Action Network (RAN) reports that Chief Lucas Mangope, ruler of the apartheid homeland of Bophuthatswana, was forced to flee the capital of Mmabatho in the face of a popular uprising. Mangope, one of the three key players in the anti-election camps, along with KwaZulu bantustan Chief Buthelezi and white separatist group Afrikaner Volksfront, had refused to open his homeland to South Africa's first general elections slated for April 26-28. Mangope, now under house arrest since his return to the capital, conceded to the people's demand for Bophuthatswana to participate in the elections and to lift the ban against ANC (African National Congress) and other democratic organizations. The mailing says the Afrikaner Volksfront suffered a serious defeat when they attempted to intervene in the Bophuthatswana unrest. The mailing says people can continue their candle light vigil, honor Sharpeville Day this March 21, and send in their congregation's Mandela/ANC Special Offering. The mailing includes two newspaper articles: "The people of 'Bop' turn their backs on a loser" by Patti Waldmeir and "Whites Split in S. Africa" by Paul Taylor. The mailing includes CHURCH LEADERS DESPAIR OF THE BUTHELEZI FACTOR, Southern Africa Church News, March 8, 1994.
This item was digitized for Aluka, which made it available to the African Activist Archive.
Used by permission of Africa Action (successor to the American Committee on Africa).
Collection: Africa Action Archive