[Nelson Mandela has just returned to South Africa from a tour of the U.S. during which he had hoped to call for the lifting of sanctions]

by Jennifer Davis, Dumisani Kumalo, The Africa Fund
with South African Council of Churches, Southern Africa Church News
New York, New York, United States
July 20, 1998
Publisher: The Africa Fund
7 pages
Type: Mailing
Coverage in Africa: South Africa
Coverage outside Africa: United States, Europe, Netherlands
Language: English
The mailing reports that Nelson Mandela has just returned to South Africa from a tour of the U.S., where he had hoped to call for lifting most of the remaining sanctions and to fundraise for the African National Congress (ANC) election campaign. But he returned home leaving sanctions in place, while stressing the importance of future economic investment. It is encouraging that agreement has been reached among most parties on the date for the first democratic elections, but violence is escalating and is clearly being used as a weapon by right-wing forces, collaborating with Black interests such as those represented by Gatsha Buthelez's Inkatha Freedom Party. Future U.S. investors must be urged to do more than seek the highest profit for shareholders; the July South African Council of Churches (SACC) convention endorsed a draft Code of Conduct for Investment which should help anti-apartheid activists shape how to lift state and local sanctions when the time comes. The Africa Fund plans to provide Election briefings in the fall and to solicit funds as the ANC and the democratic movement enter the election contest. The New York Coalition is planning a WALK FOR FREEDOM IN SOUTH AFRICA on October 23. The mailing includes CHURCH CONFERENCE OUTLINES CONDITIONS FOR LIFTING SANCTIONS including THE UTRECHT STTEMENT as well as "Radical Groups in South Africa Pose Challenge for ANC Leaders" by John Battersby of the Christian Science Monitor, "The end of the beginning" in The Economist, and "Mandela’s On a Mission" by Dele Olojede in New York Newsday. The articles mention negotiations, the Transitional Executive Council (TEC), Chris Hani, Cyril Ramaphose, the ANC Youth League, F.W. de Klerk, conservatives, the Concerned South Africa Group (Cosag), Afrikaner People’s Union, Tony Yengeni, Peter Guber, Whoopi Goldberg, Barbara Streisand, Sidney Poitier, David Rockefeller, Elizabeth Taylor, Michael Jackson, Anthony O'Reilly, H.J. Heinz, Arthur Krim, Mathilde Krim, the National Party, AmFAR (the American Foundation for AIDS Research), Jim Manzi, Lotus Corp., the arms embargo, the Fellowship of National Councils of Churches in Southern and Eastern Africa, Ida Schmertz, American Express, Theodore Sorensen, former federal judge A. Leon Higginbotham, Bophuthatswana, Mangosuthu Buthelezi, Oliver Tambo, Randall Robinson of TransAfrica, Concord Baptist Church, Rev. Wyatt Tee Walker, South Africa Free Elections Fund, ethical investment, an Afrikaner state, and the Democratic Party. [Note: the letter says the date for the elections is April 27, 1993; 1993 should be 1994.]
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