Southern Africa Support Committee News Update
by Southern Africa Support Committee
Los Angeles, California, United States
The issue is dedicated to Ray "Masal" Hewitt, former Minister of Information and Education of the Black Panther Party. The newsletter reports that the South African government banned 17 anti-apartheid organizations and greatly restricted activities of the largest labor federation, COSATU; groups as diverse as the United Democratic Front, the Azanian People's Organization, and the Detainees Parent Support Committee were effective outlawed. It notes the Inkatha, headed by Gatsha Buthelezi, was not restricted. Rev. Frank Chikane of the South African Council of Churches is quoted. The newsletter says the neo-fascist Afrikaner Resistance Movement (AWB) and the Conservative Party formed an alliance. It reports that Japan has become South Africa’s leading trading partner. The newsletter says that violence between the United Democratic Front and Inkatha increased in townships this spring . The Sharpeville 6 were scheduled to be hung March 5; a last minute stay was granted. The newsletter reports that South African commandos kill four people in Botswana; Dolcie September, an ANC official, was killed in Paris; and an assassination attempt was made against Albie Sachs, an ANC representative in Maputo, Mozambique. The war between the South African backed MNR and FRELIMO continues. The newsletter reports on South African troop in Angola in support of UNITA, events in Cuito Cuanavale, Cuban involvement in Angola and the MPLA. The newsletter reports that Zimbabwe Prime Minister Robert Mugabe and Joshua Nkomo signed a unity pact. An article reports that the Free Namibia Now! campaign of the Washington Office on Africa (WOA) arrived in Los Angeles; a program "Organizing for a Free Namibia," cosponsored by the U.S.-Angolan Friendship Society and SWAPO Support Committee, featured Hinyangerwa Asheeke, Deputy Permanent Observer from SWAPO to the U.N., Charles Marshall, and Halisi Price. The newsletter includes information on the Southern African Development Coordinating Conference. Contents: SOUTH AFRICA • RACIST AFRIKANER GROUP DEMANDS WHITE ONLY STATE • SANCTIONS AND TRADE • TOWNSHIP VIOLENCE • SHARPEVILLE 6 • INTERNATIONAL HIT SQUADS TARGET ANC • MOZAMBIQUE • ANGOLA • ZIMBABWE • ON THE LOCAL FRONT • RALLY AGAINST HANGINGS • US RIVERSIDE STUDENTS REJECT UNITA AND SOUTH AFRICA • NAMIBIA WORKSHOP • WHO IS SADCC?
Used by permission of a former member of the Southern Africa Support Committee.
Collection: Carol B. Thompson and Bud Day Papers on Southern Africa, Michigan State University Libraries Special Collections