The newsletter includes a newspaper photograph of the 4 May 1978 Kassinga massacre - when hundreds of Namibian refugees, men, women and children - having fled South African oppression in their country - were butchered by the South African Defence Force (SADF)in a sudden attack at the Kassinga camp 250 kilometers inside Angola from the border with occupied Namibia. The newsletter includes a report THE KUDU GAS FIELD: SOUTH AFRICA CONTINUES ITS THEFT OF NAMIBIA'S RESOURCES by the Namibia Communications Centre. The newsletter says Franz Josef Strauss, right wing premier of Bavaria in the Federal Republic of Germany, was sent on a safari by FRG Chancellor Helmut Kohl ostensibly to patch up differences between Mozambique and South Africa in late January 1988. The newsletter includes reprints of newspaper articles including "Botha tightens grip on Namibia" by Mark Verbaan, "Pretoria's new plane threatens ANC bases" by Peter Goodwin, "SA tank mined", "BPN aids Pretoria", "Uranium unloaded at terminal" by George Shadroul, "Nuclear boycott" by Alan Dunn, "Liverpool dockers refuse to handle 'Namibian' uranium" by Kevin Brown, and "British and SA mining companies accused of plundering Namibia" by David Pallister. The newsletter includes information on how to subscribe to The Namibian and Southscan. The newsletter discusses P.W. Botha, Zulu Chief Gatsha Buthelezi, UNITA, Jonas Savimbi, Louis Pienaar, the South West African People's Organization (SWAPO), AG8 of 1980, UN resolution 435, Cuban troops in Angola, the Cheetah jet fighter, the G5 155mm howitzer, the G6, Jane’s Defence Weekly, Armscor, Casspirs, SAP (South African Police), the arms embargo, Cuito Cuanavale, British Nuclear Fuels (BNF), the Common Market, the EEC (European Economic Community), the Commonwealth, the Soviet Union, Portsmouth Marine Terminal, the 1986 Anti-Apartheid Act, the Atlantic Cartier, the American Committee on Africa, uranium hexafluoride, National Union of Seamen (NUS), Transport and General Workers' Union (T&GWU), the Reagan administration, the Mersey Docks and Harbour Company, the Atlantic Container Line, Euratom, the De Beers diamond cartel, the Oppenheimer family, Laurie Flynn, John Coates, Granada TV World in Action, Consolidated Diamond Mines (CDM), the Centre Selling Organisation (CSO), Judge Thirion, the Tsumeb Corporation, Consolidated Gold Fields, the Daimond Board, Julian Ogilvie Thompson, Gordon Brown, the Kudu gas field, Chevron, Soekor, Dr. Piet van Zyl, Forinter, Mossel Bay, Decree No.1, the UN Council for Namibia, URENCO, the Rossing mine, and the ANC (African National Congress).
Used by permission of former board members of the Episcopal Churchpeople for a Free Southern Africa.
Collection: Private collection of David Wiley and Christine Root