[Dear Mr. President: Reports from South Africa give increasingly revolting descriptions of the treatment of people held in incommunicado detention]

by William Johnston, Episcopal Churchmen for South Africa
New York, New York
February 9, 1982
Publisher: Episcopal Churchmen for South Africa
2 pages
Type: Mailing
Coverage in Africa: Namibia, South Africa
Coverage outside Africa: United States
Language: English
Copy of a letter to President Ronald Reagan from William Johnston expressing concern about the treatment of people held incommunicado in detention by the South African Police. Thozamile Gqweta, president of the South African Allied Workers Union, was arrested by security police on December 8, 1981. The letter quotes Helen Suzman reading in the South African Parliament from a letter smuggled out of prison describing what happened to Neil Aggett, a medical doctor and trade union official, before he was found hanged in his cell. Johnston also calls attention to the death of Tshifhiwa Isaac Muofhe, 28-year-old Lutheran Church lay preacher, two days after he was detained by police in South Africa's Venda bantustan. Johnston urges President Reagan to publicly condemn arbitrary detentions and deaths in detention in South Africa and in Namibia and to call for the immediate release of all detainees held by the Pretoria regime.
Used by permission of former board members of the Episcopal Churchpeople for a Free Southern Africa.
Collection: George M. Houser (Africa collection), Michigan State University Libraries Special Collections