South African Election Watch - Countdown to Democracy - March 8 - Fifty Days to Democracy in South Africa

by Africa Fund
New York, New York, United States
March 8, 1994
2 pages
Type: Mailing
Coverage in Africa: South Africa
Coverage outside Africa: United States
Language: English
Mailing of the South Africa Election Watch campaign about the dramatic, last-minute effort to prevent South Africa's democracy elections from collapsing into civil war - ANC President Nelson Mandela has persuaded one of the key election boycotters, KwaZulu bantustan chief Mangosuthu Buthelezi, to "provisionally" register his Inkatha Freedom Party for the April vote. Buthelezi's ultra-rightist white allies have rejected even provisional participation in the vote, and Bophuthatswana bantustan leader Lucas Mangope has continued his ban on the ANC and other democratic organizations. Bantustan police have arrested ANC campaigners and voter education workers, assaulted ANC supporters, and confiscated election literature. Election Watch Campaign Coordinator Dumisani Kumalo is on a fact-finding tour in South Africa. The mailing asks people to write to Mangope demanding release of imprisoned ANC officials and campaign workers, free political activity in the territory, and participation in the April vote. People are asked to complete collecting signatures on the Countdown To Democracy petitions addressed to the White House. On March 8, many groups will hold candlelight vigils to “Shine a Light On Democracy.” On March 15, the Election Watch campaign will hold a briefing for Congressional Election Watchers. On Sharpeville Day (March 21), people are urged to have their city, county, and state governments pass Election Watch resolutions based on the Countdown To Democracy petitions. The mailing includes RESOURCES FOR THE ELECTION WATCH CAMPAIGN. The mailing mentions the African National Congress (ANC), Amnesty International, apartheid, and violence. [Note on date: the year 1993 should be 1994; March 8, 1994 was 50 days before the first democratic elections.]
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Used by permission of Africa Action (successor to The Africa Fund).
Collection: Africa Action Archive