by Episcopal Churchpeople for a Free Southern Africa
with Namibia Communications Centre
New York, New York, United States
September 8, 1988
The newsletter reports the Pretoria is taking deadly aim at the member churches of the South African Council of Churches, discusses the bombing of Khotso House, and asks people to send cables and letters of support to Rev. Dr. Frank Chikane, General-Secretary, South African Council of Churches; Archbishop Desmond Tutu; Rev. Dr. Allan Boesak; and Bishop Hendik Frederik and Bishop Zephaniah Kameeta of the Evangelical Lutheran Church. The newsletter asks people to telegram their Senators immediately to vote for - S 2378 - Sanctions vs South Africa. The newsletter includes a statement signed by Bishop H. Frederick of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in SWA/Namibia that says officials of the Pretoria's appointed government in Windhoek have been traveling throughout the country blaming the continuation of the six-month-long school crisis on Dr. Zephaniah Kameeta, deputy bishop of Namibia’s second largest church and the election chairman of the National People's Assembly. The newsletter includes a number of newspaper articles including: "SA accused over blast" David Beresford; "Taking blame"; "SA opposition building bombed" by Tony Allen-Mills; "Defiant Tutu call for poll boycott" by Tony Allen-Mills; "Tutu makes defiant call for poll boycott" by Patrick Lawrence; "Economic collapse in a big threat to Botha" by Stephen Robinson; "A bush war like no other, US-backed Angolan rebels put heavy artillery into PR" by Lynda Schuster; "Unita snubs Washington on Angola peace plan" by Richard Dowden; "Namibia talks enter crucial round, Cubans, South African ready to start shooting if talks fail" by E. A. Wayne; "No Red flag over Windhoek- Malan" ; and "Pretoria boosts Namibia forces" by Goodwin Matatu. The newsletter includes several articles on the bomb blast of Khotso House that housed organizations such as the South African Council of Churches (SACC), Black Sash and Transvaal Rural Action Group, includes quotes of Frank Chikane, and mentions the Detainees Parents Support Committee (DPSC) and the United Democratic Front. The newsletter includes articles that report Archbishop Desmond Tutu defied state-of-emergency regulations by calling on blacks and whites to boycott next month's municipal elections. The newsletter includes an article in The Sunday Telegraph, which the newsletter describes as the vice of the Tory in Britain; the newsletter says the article errs in several interpretations, notes the discussion of sanctions and the possible release of Nelson Mandela, and that the South African Defence Force was decisively defeated in Angola by the joint Angola/Cuban/SWAPO army. • THE CHURCHES in SOUTH AFRICA, NAMIBIA: Targets for Extinction • NAMIBIAN LUTHERANS CALL SPECIAL MEETING TO DENY GOVERNMENT SMEAR OF CHURCH LEADERS • IMPLEMENTATION OF THE ANTI-APARTHEID ACT OF 1986
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