Letter from South Africa

by Mike Fleshman, The Africa Fund
New York, New York, United States
July 18, 1993
Publisher: The Africa Fund
4 pages
Type: Mailing
Coverage in Africa: South Africa
Coverage outside Africa: United States
Language: English
Mailing to Key Labor Contacts describes a graphic, first-hand account of Bophuthatswana security forces opening fire on unarmed Braklaagte residents in 1991 in an attempt to crush community resistance to bantustan rule. The account was by Chief Pupsey Sebogodi, the traditional leader of the Braklaagte people, whose father was deposed by the apartheid government in the 1980s for resisting the forced incorporation of the community into the Bophuthatswana Bantustan. The mailing also reports on a Braklaagte resident, Mosetsanakhumo "Elsie" Motsusi, who told how she joined the ANC at age 12 in 1957, after the first South African Police (SAP) attempt to drive the Braklaagte people off their land. She spent three years in detention for her involvement in the Soweto uprising in 1976 and continues to be targeted for harassment and intimidation by the Bophuthatswana police. The mailing says Americans  should demand the immediate unbanning of ANC, COSATU and other democratic political and civic organizations and the demobilization of the Bophuthatswana army and police forces. The mailing includes a newspaper opinion article "Chief Buthelezi in a corner."  The mailing discuss the ANC (African National Congress), COSATU (Congress of South African Trade Unions), the Clinton administration, elections, the KwaZulu bantustan, the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP), Codesa, Joe Matthews, Frank Mdlalose, Brigadier Oupa Gqozo, and Chief Mangosuthu Buthelezi.
Used by permission of Africa Action (successor to The Africa Fund).
Collection: Africa Action Archive