[Dear Friend: This is what we're up against.]
by George M. Houser, American Committee on Africa
New York, New York, United States
September 26, 1969
American Committee on Africa
Mailing seeking contributions to the American Committee on Africa. The mailing discusses the three years of Voster's rule in South Africa. The mailing says South West Africa has been taken over, made part of South Africa in defiance of the UN and S.A. has sent troops into Rhodesia to help minority rule survive. The mailing says the "Terrorism Act" of 1967 is specifically retroactive, places the burden of proof on the accused and includes actions (punishable by death) so broad as "embarrassing the administration of the state". The mailing says the BOSS (Bureau of State Security) bill, passed in June, goes even further toward rule by security police instead of law; increased press censorship, following the trial and conviction of Rand Daily Mail personnel, means the complete end of a critical free) press in S.A. The mailing says torture of prisoners, revealed by the Mail, continues; the number of executions is the highest in the world. Some 600,000 a year are arrested for pass law violations and other technicalities. The mailing says American popular complacency encourages our government to continue a "business as usual" policy, with U.S. investments rising; the foundations have been laid for a racial war of vast proportions in southern Africa with U.S. vested interests supporting the white minority groups. The mailing discusses apartheid.
Used by permission Africa Action (successor to the American Committee on Africa).
Collection: Private collection of David Wiley and Christine Root