by Ad Hoc Committee for the Development of an Independent South West Africa, American Committee on Africa
New York, New York, United States
Undated, late 1967 or early 1968
American Committee on Africa
The report says on December 6, 1967, a private group of American citizens was turned back by South African authorities in an attempt to enter South West Africa by plane from Zambia. The report says the confrontation with South Africa took place a mile in the air and ten minutes away from Windhoek, S.W.A., as the two planes, privately chartered in Zambia, approached. The report says the five Americans who attempted the flight into South West Africa included: Samuel F. Ashelman, Jr., Economic Consultant with the International Cooperative Development Association; John L. S. Holloman, M.D., past chairman of the Medical Committee for Human Rights and past President of the National Medical Association; Flemmie P. Kittrell, Chairman of the Department of Home Economics, Howard University, Washington, D. C.; Lyle Tatum, Executive Secretary, Farmers and World Affairs; and coordinator of the group, George M. Houser, Executive Director, the American Committee on Africa. The report includes excerpts from newspaper articles including "Facing Reality Over S.W.A.", Times of Zambia, December 7, 1967; and "S-W Africa turns back US group", London Times, December 7, 1967. The report includes "South Africa will not tolerate it-Vorster: (Pretoria)", Information Service of South Africa, New York, New York December 13, 1967. The report discusses South African Prime Minister B.J. Vorster, the U.N. Council for South West Africa, the United States Department of State, the Commission for Police, UN resolutions, visas, nongovernmental organizations, and the airstrip at Maun. • The Project • The Confrontation • Membership if the Ad Hoc Committee • Character of the Mission • Accomplishments of the Mission • Next Steps
Used by permission Africa Action (successor to the American Committee on Africa).
Collection: Private collection of David Wiley and Christine Root