by Episcopal Churchpeople For A Free Southern Africa
New York, New York, United States
June 12, 1988
The newsletter reports that news reports on the southern Africa war deal chiefly with diplomatic talks in London or Brazzaville and some kind of understanding reached at the Moscow summit- all said to aimed at bringing peace to an acceptable to Angola and Pretoria and to lead to independence for Namibia. The newsletter says there is a rapidly deepening United States involvement in the southern Africa war by increasing military and logistical support for the UNITA group in Angola; and that the U.S government and Zaire are cooperating fully, a fact underscored by Zaire’s President Mobutu's visit to Washington. The newsletter says UNITA's Jonas Savimbi is due in the USA shortly. The newsletter reports that the South African Defence Force has failed in its latest invasion of Angola and has been made to pull back into southeastern Angola and into occupied Namibia. The newsletter reports that 600 students at the Ponhofi secondary school in northern Namibia walked out in protest against the nearness to their place of learning of a South African military base. The newsletter includes newspaper articles on a BBC television show Suffer the Children which examines police treatment of children under the State of Emergency including detention and torture. The newsletter includes a newspaper article that says the South African government launched a fresh attack on BBC over its decision to broadcast portions of the forthcoming Wembley rock concert marking the 70th birthday of Nelson Mandela, the jailed leader of the African National Congress (ANC) and another article on the concert that says the Anti-Apartheid Movement expects up to a half million people and quotes Archbishop Trevor Huddleston and Mike Terry. The newsletter discusses a forged pamphlet attributed to the Dependents' Conference of the South African Council of Churches and says in January 1988 the World YWCA and the World Alliance of YMCAs put out a Call for Action in Solidarity with South Africa and including copies of pages of genuine and forged versions. Contents: THE U.S.A.-ZAIRE-PRETORIA AXIS • "US 'helping Unita move main base to Zaire'" • "Argentina 'sells Mirage aircraft to South Africa'" by Richard Dowden • Namibian Students Boycott • "Child's pain" by Victoria Brittain • "Wrath in Pretoria at BBC Mandela concert" by Tony Allen-Mills • "The kids are not all right" by Andrew Graham-Dixon • PRETORIA'S DISINFORMATION WAR • "Beating out the theme for Mandela's freedom" by Seumas Milne • COSATU DECLARATION
Used by permission of former board members of the Episcopal Churchpeople for a Free Southern Africa.
Collection: Leon Spencer Southern Africa Collection, Michigan State University Libraries Special Collections