[Greetings: This week we won a tremendous victory. On Monday all charges against South African union leader Moses Mayekiso were dropped!]
by Bill Stewart, United Auto Workers
Des Plaines, Illinois, United States
April 27, 1989
United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America
Memorandum to All Local Union Presidents, Recording Secretaries, & Financial Secretaries Region 4 - UAW (Outstate Illinois, Iowa & Nebraska only) from Bill Stewart, Director Region 4 – UAW. The memorandum says this week we won a tremendous victory; on Monday all charges against South African union leader Moses Mayekiso were dropped! The memorandum says the freeing of Moses shows that international solidarity works; unions in South Africa and throughout the world waged an extensive campaign on his behalf; posters calling for Moses' release could be seen throughout South Africa; Moses' fellow union members packed the courtroom day after day. The memorandum says a guilty verdict would have had a chilling effect on the growing black trade union movement; the malicious prosecution by the government, however, was not supported by the facts in the case; the trial judge dropped all charges against the five accused. The memorandum says thousands of postcards were sent to the South African Ambassador; thousands of petitions and letters were sent; thousands of dollars have been contributed; many of you helped to make Moses' freedom a reality; Moses noted the contributions of the UAW following the judge's verdict while celebrations began in Johannesburg on Monday.
Used by permission of the United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America.
Collection: Kathleen M. Devine papers