i.d.a.f. news notes

by International Defense and Aid Fund for Southern Africa
with Geoffrey Wisner (editor), Kenneth Carstens
Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
August 1983
Publisher: International Defense and Aid Fund for Southern Africa
8 pages
The newsletter includes an article on South Africa and a nuclear bomb, beginning in 1977, when South Africa was reportedly looking for a nuclear test site in the Kalahari Desert. In 1979,an American reconnaissance satellite detected a flash of light in the Indian Ocean that scientists thought was the telltale sign of a small nuclear blast, which many people believe had been set off by Israel and South Africa. The newsletter reports that The Most Reverend Trevor Huddleston, who is the new head of IDAF, President of the British Anti-Apartheid Movement, and recently retired Archbishop of the Indian Ocean, will visit the U.S. in February as the guest of the American Committee of IDAF and Harvard University. The newsletter includes a review of the book A Chain of Voices by Andre Brink. The newsletter reports on a resettlement camp a few miles from Bloemfontein where there are reports of children dying of hunger, cold and disease. Three ANC guerrillas were hanged in Pretoria's Central Prison despite numerous pleas for clemency. The UN Special Representative for Namibia, Martti Ahtisaari, rejected South Africa's insistence on linking independence for Namibia with the with withdrawal of Cuban forces from Angola. Ttwo members of the white supremacist Afrikaner Resistance Movement were sentenced to 15 years in prison after being convicted of terrorism by the Supreme Court of Pretoria. The Swiss Justice Ministry announced that a Soviet intelligence agent arrested in January, who had used Switzerland as a base for a spy ring operating in South Africa, would be tried in Zurich. The agent allegedly received military information brought from South Africa by Ruth Gerhardt, the wife of Commodore Dieter Gerhardt. The Namibian Supreme Court found for the first time that a political prisoner had died in detention in the territory; Johannes Kakuva, who was detained on suspicion of helping ANC guerrillas, died after severe beating. At a meeting in London, the UN Special Committee against Apartheid called on all athletes not to tour South Africa or to compete against South African sports teams. The newsletter discusses Safari 1, Pelindaba, Koeberg, the Somerset West plant of the African Explosives & Chemical Industries, a Vela Satellite, P.W. Botha, the National Party, Bishop Desmond Tutu, South African Council of Churches, Edem Kodjo of Togo, the Organization of African Unity (OAU), uranium, Rossing Uranium Ltd., Rio Tinto Zinc, South Africa's Electricity Supply Commission (Escom), ANC (African National Congress), Ernest Dipale, the Internal Security Act, ANC President Oliver Tambo, SWAPO, Oscar Mpetha, Foreign Minister "Pik" Botha, State President Marais Viljoen, the EEC (European Economic Community), Simon Mogoerane, Jerry Mosololi, Thabo Marcus Motaung. Anthony Tsotsobe, johannes Shabangu, David Moise, Foreign Minister Paolo Jorge, Minister of Law and Order Louis LeGrange, Zimbabwean Security Minister Emmerson Munangagwa, the Contact Group, Mehlolo Tom Rikhoto, Jacob Daniel Viljoen, Hendrik Gerhardus Jacobsz, Allan Boesak, Stephen Solarz, Prime Minister Leabua Jonathan, the Soweto uprising, Regina Mundi Church, President Quett Masire, DTA, UN Resolution 435, National Union of Mineworkers, the Chamber of Mines, Professor Nicolaas Louw, the South African Medical Association, OK Bazaars, Emma Mashinini, South African Energy Corporation, Dr. J.W. deVilliers, the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, John Bailey, the Roman Catholic Justice and Peace Commission, Piet Koornhof, the Rikhoto decision, Under-Secretary of State Lawrence Eagleburger, Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Chester Crocker, President Samora Machel, the International Red Cross, Pope John Paul II, UNITA, Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, Nelson Mandela, Helen Suzman, Walter Sisulu, Robben Island, Winnie Mandela, Carel Boshoff, the Broederbond, SADCC, the South African Rugby Board,the Afrikaner Resistance Movement, Pares Molefe Malatje, the Soweto Students Representative Council, Commissioner of Police Johan Coetsee, Ivan Lendl, Jimmy Connors, the Davis Cup, tennis, the Transkei and Ciskei bantustans, Lennox Sebe, mercenaries, Dennis Brutus, and Robert Hughes. The newsletter quotes Frank Barnaby of the Stockholm International Peace Institute. Contents: SOUTH AFRICA’S BOMB • HUDDLESTON TO VISIT U.S. • Breaking The Chains • Southern Africa News Calendar June and July 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