The October Elections in South Africa

Background Paper
by Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
Washington, DC, United States
September 1988
4 pages
Type: Pamphlet
Coverage in Africa: South Africa
Coverage outside Africa: United States
Language: English
The pamphlet says the South African government claims that the upcoming municipal elections are the most important in the country's history, boasting that people of all racial groups will vote in a nation-wide election for the first time. However, whites will vote only for white town councilors and blacks will vote only for councilors in the black townships. The pamphlet discusses the Black Local Authorities Act. It reports that there have been rent boycotts in at least 54 townships responding to rent increases at a time of an economic depression and rising unemployment. Township residents have moved to take control of their communities, forming civic associations that play multiple roles, organizing rent and consumer boycotts, street committees, and people's courts. The pamphlet notes that the current constitutional scheme excludes Africans from participation in Parliament. • The Franchise – Who Will Vote • Black Local Authorities – The Bloody Past • The New Apartheid Vision – The Great Indaba
Used by permission of Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.
Collection: George M. Houser (Africa collection), Michigan State University Libraries Special Collections