Statement of Jennifer Davis, hearings on Southern Africa, Senate Foreign Relations Committee, with attachments
by Jennifer Davis, American Committee on Africa
New York, New York, United States
July 24, 1975
American Committee on Africa
In her testimony, Jennifer Davis, explains recent developments in South Africa in terms of the government implementing policies, both internally and in relation to neighboring states, so as to retain its power – and keep the “landless, voteless, rightless non-person status of the Blacks.” Davis discusses Mozambique and Rhodesia and Ian Smith. She says growing pressure from SWAPO, the Namibian liberation movement, has forced South Africa to replace the police that were defending the Caprivi strip with army units. South Africa also seeks to strengthen its international alliances, arguing that it is a bulwark against communism. These policies combine reform and flexibility with increasing its military strength. South Africa has doubled the size of its direct military budget in two years, although its military force already is vastly superior to the combined force of most of Sub-Saharan Africa. Davis says South Africa also is the only country in Africa which manufactures, under license, foreign designed major weapons, including aircraft and armored vehicles. Davis discusses South African growing interest in nuclear development. Davis discusses Silvermine base at Simonstown, which is designed to maintain surveillance from the Indian Ocean to the southern Atlantic. She also discusses the British Anti-Apartheid Movement and Advokaat. The testimony includes an article from Paratus. • Haunting Reality • South Africa's Military Build-up-who are the enemies? • South Africa's Defense Philosophy • Capetown - a new Gibraltar? • NATO and South Africa • Breaking The Arms Embargo - US Airplanes In South African Skies • The Commandos • Appendix I • Appendix II Aircraft on the Border
Used by permission of Africa Action (successor to the American Committee on Africa).
Collection: Peter Weiss papers, Michigan State University Libraries Special Collections