Contents: THE SOUTH AFRICAN WAR OF INDEPENDENCE…. • DETENTIONS IN SOUTH AFRICA starting from 23 August 1985 • The newsletter says South African war of independence spread further this week, centering on Cape Town; the Rev. Dr. Allan Boesak, president of the World Alliance of Reformed Churches and a vice president of the South African Council of Churches, had called for a peaceful march to Pollsmoor prison outside Cape Town to demand the release of African National Congress leader Nelson Mandela; the regime in Pretoria immediately redoubled its rounding up of members of the United Democratic Front; on the 27 th Dr. Boesak himself was arrested and flown to Pretoria into incommunicado detention; police and army troops were brought in from around the country to smash the march. The newsletter says here is the USA, the State Department is dispatching teams across the land to explain the virtues of constructive engagement; a parallel effort comes from the Rev. Jerry Falwell and his people who are encouraging investment in South Africa and support of Pretoria. The mailing reprints newspaper articles including "Pretoria torturing emergency detainees, Amnesty Charges", "Collision Course in South Africa" by Meg Greenfield, "Sanctions: black support grows" by Peter Gordon and David Lipsey, "Poll shows blacks oppose Botha’s 'collaborators'" by Peter Goodwin, "How the poll was handled", "Mandela Finds Forum in Jail" by Allister Sparks, "How apartheid hit the rand" by Patricia Sidley, "Black miners' strike looms in S. Africa" by Michael Holman and Jim Jones, and "How South Africa came close to debt default" by Jim Jones. The mailing discusses the South African Council of Churches (SACC), the African National Congress (ANC), the United Democratic Front (UDF), teargas, the Internal Security Act, the South African Police (SAP), Stephen Tshwete, the Federation of African Women, the Natal Indian Congress, the National Federation of Garment Workers, Oscar Mpetha, the Rocklands Civic Association, Robben Island, the Detainees Parents Support Committee (DPSC), Amnesty International, apartheid, President Botha, Soweto, townships, Diakonia, the Foundation for Justice and Peace, President Reagan, emergency, regulations, P.W. Botha, arrests, security police, the Detainees Parent Support Committee (DPSC), the Clothing Workers Union, the Students Representative Council, the Natal Indian Congress, the National Federation of Garment Workers, Durban Housing Action, the Durban Joint Rent Action Committee, civil war, violence, the Market & Opinion Research International (Mori), opinion, the African National Congress (ANC), the United Democratic Front (UDF), the EEC (European Economic Community), homeland governments, local councils, Desmond Tutu, KwaZulu, Chief Gatsha Buthelezi, Inkatha, Helen Suzman, the Progress Federal Party (PFP), mixed marriages, pass laws, Lucas Mangope, Bophuthatswana, Tom Lodge, Transkei, Kaiser Matanzima, guerrilla struggle, Winnie Mandela, Samuel Dash, the International League of Human Rights, Neville Alexander, white prison warders, Oliver Tambo, Sharpeville, the South African Communist Party (SACP), Joe Slovo, Robben Island, the National Party, Tony Bloom, the Premier Group, Anglo American Corporation, Julian Ogilivie-Thomson, the Association of Chambers of Commerce (ASSACOM), the Afrikaase Handelsinstituut (AHI), the Federated Chamber of Industries (FCI), Harry Oppenheimer, Trevor Tutu, the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), the Chamber of Mines, Gencor, foreign banks, political turmoil, the South African Reserve Bank, Gerhard de Kock, the current account, the Rand, foreign borrowings, and Chase Manhattan.
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