by Episcopal Churchpeople for a Free Southern Africa
with South Africa Now
New York, New York, United States
May 18, 1989
The newsletter reports the South Africa’s next state president, F.W. de Klerk, seems about to come to the United States. The newsletter says a U.S. trip by de Klerk has been on and off since 1978; President Jimmy Carter issued an invitation to P. W. Botha, and since 1981 there were several alarms that President Reagan would host his counterpart. The newsletter asks people to demand the new apartheid chief not be allowed in the U.S. The article, NAMIBIA, reports that students from virtually all secondary schools in northern Namibia have left their hostels and returned home. It says that church sources reported by the Namibia Communications Centre in London say thousands of young people left school to be with their families as South African security forces continue unchecked. The newsletter discusses UNTAG (United Nations Transitional Assistance Group), SWAPO, PLAN (People's Liberation Army of Namibia), and Koevoet. The newsletter includes "POLITICAL PERSPECTIVE" by Gwen Lister. The newsletter includes SUMMARY OF (DRAFT) REGISTRATION LAW, 1989 (promulgated by South Africa's Administrator-General in occupied Namibia). The newsletter includes the schedule of the television show, SOUTH AFRICA NOW. Reprinted newspaper articles include: "U.S. May Invite S. African Politician for Talks, Party Chief de Klerk Expected to Succeed Botha as President" by David B. Ottaway, "Majority Rule 'Unjust,' Says Botha's Heir, De Klerk Dampens Talk Of Any Policy Change" by William Claiborne, "S African leader may meet Bush and Thatcher" by Stephen Robinson, "In Pastor-death case, 'GOOD FIGHTER' FINED R200" by Chris Shipanga, "'SECRET' UN REPORT ON INTIMIDATION," "UN to Double Its Force in Namibia, to 1,000," "UN monitors protest at conduct of SA police, Race law hitch to Namibia freedom" by Billy Paddock, "Untag update," and "Wealthy Namibian sees bombing of business as warning for backing SWAPO" by Peter Honey. One article reports that a magistrate found two soldiers, members of 101 Battalion, guilty of culpable homicide for killing Pastor Frederic Nghihajwa and fined them R200. Articles discuss Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar, UN Special Representative Mr. Martti Ahtisaari, Administrator General Mr. Louis Pienaar. The newsletter includes photographs from newspapers in Namibia.
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