(VOLUME 1 #4)
by Charlotteans for a Free Southern Africa
Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
Contents: AFRICAN COOK-IN • Update • NTHABISENG'S POEM • The newsletter says on November 9, the fourth annual African Cook-In will be held by Charlotteans for a Free Southern Africa at the Unitarian Church. The featured speaker is Sister Bernard Ncube, a native of Soweto and the first nun jailed for political offenses in South Africa. Because of her work protesting police brutality, she was held in solitary confinement for 16 months. Sister Bernard is a former representative of South African women to the United Nations, first President of the Federation of Transvaal Women, President of the Federation of South African Women, and a leader of the Institute for Contextual Theology, a key organization promoting liberation theology in South Africa. The newsletter says F.W. de Klerk visited the U.S. recently and received a warm welcome from President Bush. President Bush declared that developments in South Africa were irreversible, thus suggesting the possibility of suspending sanctions under conditions stipulated in the 1986 Comprehensive Anti-Apartheid Act. The newsletter says that the situation in South Africa is far from being irreversible and that sanctions must be maintained until the negotiations are firmly underway and the legal pillars of apartheid (such as the Group Areas Act) and various security legislation have been repealed. The newsletter includes the poem CHILDREN OF SOUTH AFRICA WE REMEMBER by Nthabiseng Mabuza. The newsletter discusses the African National Congress (ANC), the Inkatha movement, Gatsha Buthelezi, vigilantes, apartheid, the democratic movement, the Oprah Winfrey Show, and UNICEF.
Used by permission of Lyndall Hare, a former member of Charlotteans for a Free Southern Africa.
Collection: Private collection of Lyndall Hare