by Pittsburgh Committee on Southern Africa
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
January 1968
3 pages
Type: Newsletter
Coverage in Africa: Namibia, South Africa
Coverage outside Africa: United States, United Nations
Language: English
Contents:  DR. BLAIBERG'S BLACK HEART • MORE ON THE "TERRORISM ACT" • News report say that the heart donor (Clive Haupt, who died of brain damage) for Dr. Philip Blaiberg, recipient of the world's third heart transplant, was partly Black. Dr. Blaiberg’s gratitude for the heart, saying that he did not care about the race of its donor, is hardly an indication of lessening racism in South Africa. MORE ON THE "TERRORISM ACT" is an excerpt from "Southern Africa, a Monthly Survey of News and Opinion," published by the Southern Africa Committee, University Christian Movement. It reports that first trial under the Act is that of 37 South West Africans (now 35 - two died in jail) which began September 11 in Pretoria. Some of the accused had been detained for 200 or even 300 days before the Act was enacted. The men on trial come from many occupations, including 21 laborers or "unemployed" persons, 4 peasants, 2 teachers, 1 mechanic, and 1 clerk. Some of the accused are members of the Executive Committee of the nationalist South West Africa People's Organization (SWAPO). The newsletter also mentions law and order, a police state, an authoritarian or totalitarian state, the South African Parliament, the Acting State President, a "terrorist," UN General Assembly resolution 2145 of October 1966, ex-post-facto legislation, Morris B. Abram, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, likelihood of a mass hanging of many of the accused unless broad protests are made to the South African Government, race relations, the need for the U.S. embassy and other Western embassies' officials to personally observe the trial, the disputed status of South West Africa, the U.S. Secretary of State, Ambassador Goldberg, and Senators and Congressmen. [This document was digitized by University of Pittsburgh Library System which provided it to the African Activist Archive Project.]

Collection: Peace and Freedom Center of Pittsburgh Records, 1967-1969, AIS.1969.06, Archives & Special Collections, University of Pittsburgh Library System