South African Labor Leaders Charged with HIGH TREASON

Labor Against Apartheid
by New York Labor Committee Against Apartheid
New York, New York, United States
Undated, July or later 1985?
2 pages
Type: Petition
Coverage in Africa: South Africa
Coverage outside Africa: United States
Language: English
Contents: This is Treason? • What Can We Do? • Human Rights Are Not High Treason! We Petition for the Release of Black Trade Unionists Imprisoned in South Africa • Background and a petition to President P.W. Botha and President Ronald Reagan demanding the immediate release of Thozamile Gqweta, Sisa Njikelana, Sam Kikine, and Isaac Ngcobo, leaders of the South African Allied Workers Union (SAAWU) who have been framed on charges of high treason punishable by death. The petition also calls for the end to violence against Black trade unionists and for the U.S. government to break all diplomatic, trade and economic ties with South Africa unless the prisoners are released and this violence against trade unionists ends. Sixteen Black leaders are on trial, charged with high treason. Four of the accused—Gqweta, Kikkine, Ncgobo, and Njikelana—are both officers of SAAWU and members of the United Democratic Front (UDF), which has become the center of non-violent protest against South Africa's new apartheid constitution. The document also mentions Andries Raditsela, the Chemical Workers Industrial Union (CWIU), abuse police custody (including beatings and torture), detention, political and labor rights, the Freedom Charter, the African National Congress (ANC), OSHA, the boycott of J.P. Stevens, Martin Luther King, Jr., the NY Coalition of Black Trade Unions (CBTU), the NY Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW), campaigning for the release of political prisoners, political exile, revolutionary leaders, the Headwear Joint Board, and District 65.

Used by permission of former members of the New York Labor Committee Against Apartheid.
Collection: New York Labor Committee Against Apartheid, Michigan State University Libraries Special Collections