Southern Africa: DETENTE OR PROLOGUE TO STRUGGLE?

by George Houser, The Africa Fund
with Wayne H. Cowan
New York, New York, United States
Early 1975
Publisher: The Africa Fund
6 pages
Type: Pamphlet
Coverage outside Africa: United States
Language: English
The pamphlet consists of an article by George Houser reprinted from Christianity and Crisis. Houser says the April military coup in Portugal paved the way for Portugal’s recognition of Guinea-Bissau's independence, in September a transitional government was instituted in Mozambique under the leadership of FRELIMO, and talks began between Portugal and three liberation movements in Angola to set up a provisional government. He discusses the attempt by African countries to expel South Africa from the United Nations, which was vetoed in the Security Council by the U.S., Britain and France. Houser discusses President Kenneth Kaunda of Zambia and Prime Minister Johannes Vorster of South Africa. The article says leaders of the Zimbabwean movements have begun to see the end of their long struggle against the white minority government. The article discusses Transkei and Kwazulu and other Bantustans in South Africa. It also discusses the South African Council of Churches, the South African Students Organization, the Black Peoples Convention, the Black Allied Workers Union, and the African National Congress (ANC). The article discusses the National Party and the Progressive Party. Hosuer says thousands of workers have begun to strike for higher wages. Houser discusses U.S. investment in South Africa. He says that governments, businesses or organizations that assume stability and an orderly erosion of apartheid are politically unrealistic and morally bankrupt. The article reports on IBM supplying computers to South Africa's Department of Defense, ITT supplying a complex communication system, and Mobil and Caltex refining almost 50 percent of South Africa's oil. • The Myth of Change • A Change of Tactics • Growth of Opposition
Used by permission of Africa Action (successor to the American Committee on Africa).
Collection: Private collection of Richard Knight