The newsletter includes the text of an open letter to the Western Contact Group from the Executive Committee of the Council of Churches in Namibia signed by Dr. Abisai Shejavali, Executive Secretary, Council of Churches in Namibia; Rev. Hendrik Frederik, President, Evangelical Lutheran Church; Bishop Kleopas Dumeni, Evangelical Lutheran Ovambokavango Church; and Rev. James Kaluma, Bishop, Anglican Church in Namibia. The newsletter includes a review of the book “Black Child” by Peter Magubane. It also reports that Johannesburg police charged Sue Sparks, the wife of the journalist Allister Sparks, with trying to defeat the ends of justice. The newsletter reports four young blacks (Stanley Radebe, Mthuthulezi Madalane, Lebona Ernest Mohakala, and Miss Nonkululeko lnnocentia Mazibuko) were freed because of Security Police investigation tactics after a nine-month terrorism trial in the Kempton Park suburb of Johannesburg. The newsletter reports the Czechoslovak Foreign Minister called on the UN Secretary General to take effective steps to free the Czech nationals who had been held prisoner by UNITA guerrillas in southern Angola for the past month. The newsletter reports that Joe Thloloe, a senior journalist on the Sowetan until he was banned last year, and Sipha Moffat were each sentenced to 2 ½ years in prison after being convicted of possessing literature published by the PAC; Steven Sipho Mzolo and Nhlanganiso Sibanda were each sentenced to three years on similar charges. The newsletter discusses the East London Daily Dispatch, the Lincoln Trust, apartheid, Steve Biko, ANC (African National Congress), Thozamile Gqweta, Breyten Breytenbach, PAC (Pan Africanist Congress), Robben Island, Canon Collins, Magnus Malan, P.W. Botha, destabilization, United Nations Federation, the sports boycott, Orlando Cristina, MNR, the Reagan Administration, Bernard Simon, Black Sash, Prime Minister Leabua Jonathan, Stanley Newens, Bophuthatswana, ZAPU, bantustans, Piet Koornhof, kwaNdebele, Lennox Sebe, the South African Air Force, Saul Mkhize, Bishop Desmond Tutu, Sheena Duncan, Cedric Mayson, John Vorster Square, President Mitterrand, Minister for Internal Affairs F.W. de Klerk, SWAPO, Angula Mawaala, Simon Kariseb Shikongo, the Coloured Labor Party, Zulu chief Gatsha Buthelezi, Nedbank, Rob Abrahamson, Sam Nujoma, British-made radar equipment, the UN arms embargo, American investments in South Africa, Herman Nickel, Dumiso Dabengwa, the KGB, the Afrikaner Resistance Movement, the UN Economic Commission for Africa, Harrison Dube, Foreign Minister “Pik” Botha, Samora Machel, Pieter Benjamin Schuman, SADF (South African Defence Force), the Anti-Apartheid Movement, South African Security Police, Orton Chirwa, Malawi Freedom Movement (Mafremo), Minister for Constitutional Development Chris Heunis, the President’s Council, Emmerson Mnangagwa, General Mike Geldenhuys, Allan Hendrickse, Frederik van Zyl Slabbert of the Progressive Federal Party, the SACC (South African Council of Churches), Cuban troops, Henry Kissinger, the Nationalist Party (NP), the Conservative Party, Andries Treurnicht, Fanie Botha, Benjamin Pogrund, the Rand Daily Mail, Daniel Benjamin, Gen. Johan Coetsee, Gen. Charles Lloyd, Kavango, Amnesty International, President Hastings Banda, kwaZulu, Inkatha, black squatters, John Reese, the Medical Association of South Africa, the Immorality and Mixed Marriage Acts, Winnie Mandela, Nelson Mandela, Secretary of State George Shultz, and Lt. Gerald Andries Eckert. Contents: A Talk with Donald Woods • An Open Letter To The Western Contact Group • Growing Up Apart • Southern Africa News Calendar May June 1983 • Acronyms and Abbreviations
Used by permission of a former staff member of the International Defense and Aid Fund for Southern Africa, United States Committee.
Collection: International Defense and Aid Fund for Southern Africa, United States Committee (Geoff Wisner collection), Michigan State University Libraries Special Collections