South Africa Is Sabotaging Namibia's Elections

by Erwin N. Griswold, The Africa Fund
New York, New York, United States
About November 5, 1989
Publisher: The Africa Fund
1 page
Type: Article
Coverage in Africa: Namibia, South Africa
Coverage outside Africa: United States
Language: English
Reprint of a November 5, 1989 opinion article by Erwin N. Griswold (former dean of Harvard Law School and former U.S. solicitor general), a member of Namibia Election Watch sponsored by The Africa Fund. The article discusses the election in the southwest African territory of Namibia to set the country on the road to independence after 70 years of South African rule. The agreement governing the decolonization process, which began in April, required the withdrawal or demobilization of South Africa’s army, the return of political exiles, and free elections under United Nations supervision. Unless measures are taken to make the UN independence agreement fully operative, the elections are unlikely to be free and fair, seriously compromising the next stage of the independence process. The Namibian Human Rights Centre reported a surge of vigilante-style attacks on SWAPO activists by armed members of the demobilized territorial army, who remain on the payroll through November. Voters will elect members of a constituent assembly that will draw up a new constitution and schedule a date for the declaration of independence. The article discusses Koevoet, the South West Africa Police, apartheid, and AG 8.
Used by permission of Africa Action (successor to The Africa Fund).
Collection: George M. Houser (Africa collection), Michigan State University Libraries Special Collections