Statement of the Free South Africa Movement Announcing the initiation of its Economic Educational Campaign Against the Shell Oil Company.
by Free South Africa Movement
Washington, DC, United States
January 9, 1986
The statement introduces the campaign against Shell Oil Company being launched by the Free South Africa Movement with the United Mine Workers Union, the AFL-CIO, and others in the United States and western Europe. As part of one of the world's largest international corporations, Shell Oil contributes to the repressive and illegitimate apartheid regime in South Africa. Through a number of subsidiaries, Shell Oil's parent company, Royal Dutch Shell, engages in petroleum and mining activities in South Africa which both enhance the repressive capabilities of the Pretoria government and contribute to its economic viability. Shell - together with other international companies that do business in South Africa - both strengths the government and profits from oppression of black South African workers. This effort carries out the original purposes of the Free South Africa Movement (FSAM), namely to persuade the Pretoria government to negotiate with the true leaders of all the South African people to achieve by peaceful means political and economic justice for all its citizens. That is why FSAM seeks to increase economic pressures on the Pretoria government to begin a peaceful political process with the people it now governs with brute force. FSAM supports similar economic campaigns already undertaken by the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) against the Winn-Dixie Corporation, by the Northern Virginia Coalition against Apartheid against the Control Data Corporation, and the campaign of the National Council of Churches against its list of "dirty dozen" businesses active in South Africa. The international community can see that apartheid is both immoral and unworkable and that the toll of more than 1,000 deaths of South Africans of all races over the last 16 months is an unconscionable price to pay for the continuance of that immorality, but the South African government has yet to be persuaded that the path to the future is through peaceful negotiations with its people. In recent weeks, it has conducted bloody raids into neighboring Lesotho and Angola, it has proceeded to implement the grand design of apartheid with the forced joinder of Moutse with the ''homeland" of Kwa-Ndbele, and it has continued to harass Winnie Mandela and to keep her from living in her home in Soweto. The statement mentions former Prime Minister John Vorster, foreign investment, the NAACP, and Bishop Desmond Tutu.
Collection: Private collection of David Wiley and Christine Root