Labor and Free Elections in South Africa - The Candidates and the Challenges Ahead

by Mike Fleshman, The Africa Fund
with Congress of South African Trade Unions
New York, New York, United States
November 10, 1993
Publisher: The Africa Fund
8 pages
Type: Mailing
Coverage in Africa: South Africa
Coverage outside Africa: United States
Language: English
Against a frightening backdrop of death squad terrorism and secessionist threats by the KwaZulu bantustan chief Gatsha Buthelezi and his neo-Nazi white allies, Nelson Mandela and apartheid President F.W. De Klerk are racing to reach final agreement on a multi-racial transitional government and ground rules for South Africa's first-ever nonracial elections. Fleshman reports that the success of South Africa's democratic transition rests heavily on labor. At its special convention in September, the million-member labor federation COSATU (Congress of South African Trade Unions) voted to support the ANC (African National Congress) slate in next year's democracy elections. Twnenty key labor leaders have been released by their unions to represent labor on the ANC ticket. They include COSATU General Secretary Jay Naidoo, Mineworkers leader Marcel Golding, Metalworkers head Moses Mayekiso, Clothing and Textile General Secretary John Copelyn, Transport and General Workers Union chief Nathie Nhleko, Hospital Workers head Phillip Dexter, and Postal and Telecommunications Workers Union General Secretary Kgabisi Mosunkutu. The mailing asks people to join The Africa Fund’s South Africa Election Watch Campaign, which will complement the election support efforts of many international unions and the AFL-CIO. The mailing includes COSATU PROPOSAL FOR VOTER EDUCATION PROGRAMME 1993 -1994 by the Congress of South African Trade Unions.
This item was digitized for Aluka, which made it available to the African Activist Archive.
Used by permission of Africa Action (successor to The Africa Fund).
Collection: Africa Action Archive