Trial Bulletin No. 1
by Committee on the Breytenbach Case
San Francisco, California, United States
July 5, 1977
Contents: SECOND TRIAL UNDERWAY • CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR AND BOSS • GOOD NEWS • FERLINGHETTI POEM STILL AVAILABLE • STUDENTS • Breyten Breytenbach's second trial began on June 20, 1977, and reports indicate that Breyten is being made the victim of an open and shameless frame-up. The South African secret police (BOSS or Bureau of State Security) has continued to undermine international aid to Breyten by systematically spreading rumors and disinformation. Members of the Committee are studying examples of this practice in the U.S. and in Europe, and they will present evidence soon. The Committee denounced a June 30, 1977 article in the CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR signed by "Humphrey Tyler" as a typical and outrageous presentation of fabrications by BOSS. The article is distinctive in that it adds, to the South African state's frame-up charges, the suggestion that Breyten has been involved with the KGB. A Committee to Support Breyten Breytenbach has been formed in Washington, D.C. Martin Garbus, a New York attorney, left on June 24 to attend Breyten's trial as official observer for the International League for Human Rights as well as the American Center, PEN. Lawrence Ferlinghetti's Poster Poem on Breytenbach, WHITE ON WHITE, accompanied by a reproduction of one of Bretyen's drawings, is still available. In the fall 1977 term, the Committee on the Breytenbach Case will have speakers available for teach-ins and demos in west coast universities. The newsletter reprints "South Africa Charges Poet With Plotting in Prison" by John F. Burns. The newsletter mentions Okhela, the Terrorism Act, Prime Minister John Vorster, Pieter G. Groenewald, Annatjie van Schalkwyk, South African Airways, Afrikaners, and the African National Congress (ANC).
Collection: Helen Hopps papers