TransAfrica Legislative Update
Washington, DC, United States
April / May 1990
Contents: I. SOUTH AFRICA • A. H.R. 21/S. 507 Anti-Apartheid Act Amendments of 1989 • B. H.R. 3458 Comprehensive Anti-Apartheid Act of 1986, Amendment (Financial Sanctions) • II. ANGOLA • A. H.C.R. 203 Resolution Concerning Relations between the United States and the Government of Angola • B. S.R.196-- We must mobilize against Senator DeConcini's resolution S.R. 196 • C. Aid to UNITA • III. FOREIGN AID • A. FY 1990 aid for Africa and the Caribbean • B. H.R. 4443 Mickey Leland African and Caribbean Development Act of 1990 • IV. CARIBBEAN • A. H.R. 1233 Caribbean Basin Economic Recovery Expansion · Act of 1989 • V. HAITI • VI. NAMIBIA • VI. ''SOUTH AFRICA NOW" • VII. Meet your Congressman • VIII. Elections • President De Klerk announced to the South African Parliament on April 17, 1990 that he was not in favor of majority rule in South Africa and that he is "not prepared to destroy existing rights or allow them to be destroyed." Clearly, he intends to maintain minority rights, privileges, and control, so sanctions remain a priority for the international anti-apartheid movement. Congressional support has not waned, and the U.S. President has stated that he will not repeal sanctions until the South African government meets the conditions contained in the 1986 sanction's bill. People are asked to tell Senators and Representatives to support the call for one-man, one-vote in a unitary South Africa and bills H.R. 21/S. 507. Covert U.S. aid (estimated at upwards of $80 million) continues to destroy the fabric of Angola, and the U.S. has not recognized Angola, even though President Dos Santos has met all U.S. demands, including instituting free market practices, initiating a peace process in which UNITA is a participant, and the announcement of plans for one-man, one-vote elections in which UNITA members may run for office. President Sam Nujoma was sworn in as president of Africa's newest nation, Namibia on March 21, 1990 under the most democratic constitution in Africa. "South Africa Now," the only TV program dedicated to covering Southern Africa, needs public support; lobby local public television stations to air the show. TransAfrica Executive Director Randall Robinson gives weekly commentaries on this show. The newsletter mentions the pillars of apartheid, Group Areas Act, Population Registration Act, Nelson Mandela, political prisoners, detainees, military activities in and invasions of the surrounding states, U.S. banks, rebel leader Jonas Savimbi, the House and Senate Select Intelligence Committees, David L Boren, William S. Cohen, Anthony C. Beilenson, Matthew F. McHugh, the Congressional Black Caucus, a bill to promote economic development in sub-Saharan Africa and the Caribbean, and SADCC (Southern African Development Coordination Conference).
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