i.d.a.f. news notes

(Issue No. 27)
by International Defense and Aid Fund for Southern Africa
with Geoffrey Wisner (editor), Kenneth Carstens
Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
June 1986
Publisher: International Defense and Aid Fund for Southern Africa
8 pages
The newsletter includes a May 30, 1986 interview of Dr. Ivan Toms, the founder of the Empilisweni clinic in the Crossroads squatter settlement near Cape Town; Dr. Toms was the clinic's only doctor during its first three years; Dr. Toms is currently studying part-time toward a degree in theology; as a member of the End Conscription Campaign, he has refused further military service to the apartheid government, making him liable to a prison term of two years and eight months; Earl Caldwell of the New York Daily News has since quoted Dr. Toms as saying the South African military closed his clinic on June 10. The newsletter reports the Angolan government said its Air Force had shot down a South African Hercules military transport plane on 3 April which was carrying supplies to UNITA. The newsletter report Professor Don Foster of the University of Cape Town released a survey saying 83% of Africans detained between 1975 and 1984 said they were subjected to physical torture, and almost 100% claimed psychological torture. The newsletter says after protests and arrests, officials of Yale University changed their mind and decided to allow an anti-apartheid shantytown to stand on the campus. The newsletter says President Kaunda accused President Mobutu Sese Seko of Zaire of allowing Zairian territory to be used for the shipment of US arms to the UNITA rebels in Angola. The newsletter discusses/includes information on Black Sash, Johnson Ngxobongwana, Piet Koornhof the Minister for Cooperation and Development, Mr. Mamani, Khayelitsha, township housing, Langa, Guguletu, Nyanga, the Cape Youth Congress, the UDF (United Democratic Front), Black Consciousness, the Western Cape Civic Association, Warrant Officer Barnard, the Nyanga Bush group, the Comrades, vigilantes, Andrew Zondo, the ANC (African National Congress), Winnie Mandela, Bishop Desmond Tutu, the Ndebele people, the kwaZulu bantustan, Port Elizabeth, a boycott of white-owned shops, Tony Weaver and Chris Bateman of the Cape Times, the Front-Line States, the Bophuthatswana bantustan, SWATF (South West Africa Territorial Force), (SWAPO) South West Africa People's Organization, PFP (Progressive Federal Party), Frederik van Zyl Slabbert, Murphy Morobe, Gora Ibrahim, PAC (Pan-Africanist Congress), SADF (South African Defence Force), President Reagan, P.W. Botha, the Lebowa bantustan, Azapo (Azanian People's Organization), Breyten Breytenbach, Peter Nchabeleng, MNR (Mozambique National Resistance), Archbishop Philip Russell, Ismail Ibrahim, Robben Island, Belgian citizen Helene Passtoors, terrorism, the Transkei bantustan, Former Chancellor Willy Brandt, Nelson Mandela, the Lawyers' Committee for Human Rights, Eric Ngomane, Lucky Makompo Kutumela, the Sekhukhune police station, Witness to Apartheid, Sharon Sopher, Soweto, Lingelihle near Cradock, KwaZakele near Port Elizabeth, Port Alfred in the Cape, Daveyton, Benoni, Sanctions against South Africa, the Socialist International, Chief Sabata Dalindyebo, Gen. Geldenhuys, the Medical and Dental Council, Dennis Worral, Sam Buti, the African ghetto of Alexandra, Beyers Naude, a New Zealand rugby team, the International Rugby Union Board, the South African Rugby Board, the Public Safety Amendment Act, Sigisbert Ndwandwe, King Mswati III, Afrikaner Resistance Movement (AWB), the Nationalist Party, Deputy Information Minister Louis Nel, Richard Attenborough, Steve Biko, the Metal and Allied Workers Union, COSATU (Congress of South African Trade Unions), the National Union of Mineworkers, Chief Catsha Buthelezi, Archie Gumede, Helen Suzman, Harvard University, Shell Oil, divestment, Steven Mkhise, Mlungifi Buthelezi, the Commonwealth Eminent Persons Group (EPG), Olusegun Obasanjo, the Institute of Race Relations, the kwaNdebele bantustan, the State of Emergency, Smangaliso Mkhatshwa, the Southern African Catholic Bishops Conference, illegal possession of Firearms, Archbishop Denis Hurley , Martha Montoedi, Nadine Gordimer, Klaas Dejonge, Labor Party leader Neil Kinnock, Social Democratic Party leader David Owen, Margaret Thatcher, the Church of Scotland, Foreign Minister "Pik" Botha, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Rajiv Gandhi, Rev. Frank Chikane, KTC squatter camp, Chief Leabua Jonathan, Secretary of State George Shultz, Allan Boesak, UN Resolution 435, and the Riotous Assemblies Act. Contents: The Crisis in Crossroads: A talk with Dr. Ivan Toms • Please Note • New Book Available: Report of the Eminent Persons Group • Southern Africa News Calendar April and May 1986 • News Blackout • Still an Emergency • News Blackout • 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