Black Workers' Leader Seeks Solidarity in U.S. Tour
by Paul Irish, American Committee on Africa
New York, New York, United States
American Committee on Africa
Report on speaking tour from mid-October to mid-December 1980 by Tozamile Botha, a community and strike leader exiled from South Africa. Botha addressed the Annual Day of Solidarity with South African Political Prisoners at the United Nations. He spent a week in London attending a UN-sponsored seminar on western corporate involvement in South Africa and three weeks touring Canada, from Montreal to Vancouver. With cooperation from the African National Congress, Botha spent about seven weeks addressing trade union, campus, community and church groups in the U.S. in a tour coordinated by ACOA. Botha brought impressive credentials as leader of the two-month long strike at Ford Motor Company's Port Elizabeth plant, which helped initiate the wave of strikes in South Africa. As president of the Port Elizabeth Black Civic Organization (Pebco), he organized meetings of up to 10,000 residents that offered a defiant challenge to South Africa's racist apartheid system. • Labor • Congress • Other Organizations • Colleges and Universities • Media • The report includes newspaper and magazine articles including: "Labor Leader Visits S.F., A Black South African's Plea," "AFSCME Hosts South African Trade Union Leader," "Joint Board host a South African labor leader," "South African worker seeks U.S. support," "Botha-South African labor leader talks about movement," "Botha: 'American corps investing in South Africa exploit workers'," and "Arrested and 'Banded', South African Escapes."
This item was digitized for Aluka, which made it available to the African Activist Archive.
Used by permission of Africa Action (successor to the American Committee on Africa).
Collection: Africa Action Archive