ECSA Bulletin

by Episcopal Churchpeople For A Free Southern Africa
New York, New York, United States
May 15, 1996
6 pages
Type: Newsletter
Coverage in Africa: Namibia, South Africa
Coverage outside Africa: United States
Language: English
The newsletter includes a photo of women protesting outside a Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) meeting about Stanza Bopape, the young activist who disappeared after being detained in the early 1980s. The newsletter reports on Khulumani, a grassroots program affording South Africans who have been brutalized by apartheid the opportunity to tell their stories. The TRC cannot possibly accommodate the enormous number of people who wish to bear witness to atrocities that have been committed. The newsletter includes a newspaper report of testimony before the TRC by the mother of Ahmed Timol, an ANC activist who plunged to his death from the 10th floor of Johannesburg’s John Vorster Square police headquarters in 1971, and of Royakya Saloojee, who testified about the death in detention in 1964 of her husband Suluman "Babla" Saloojee, an attorney’s clerk who was active in the Transvaal Indian Congress and the ANC after its banning. Another newspaper article reports on testimony before the TRC by the mother of student activist Sicelo Dhlomo, who was gunned down in Soweto in January 1988. The newsletter also reports that Namibian Prime Minister Hage Geingob says he will scrap clauses in a new bill that arguably conflict with constitutional guarantees of media freedom if the act is referred back to the National Assembly. Contents: Khulumani • Claims of torture in 'suicide' deaths of two Indian activists • Security branch were a law unto themselves, says Soweto detective • Mother describes harassment by police, threats by 'Zim Zim' school activists • Action Alert Up-Date – Namibia • Prime Minister Says He Will Scrap Offending Clauses in Draft Bill, If • 'Give back our land' NUNW calls on Govt to Change Constitution • New Charter Is Adopted by South Africa's Legislature • Highlights of the New Constitution
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