africa weekly

(VOL. IV NO. 12)
New York, New York, United States
September 26, 1958
4 pages
Type: Newsletter
Coverage in Africa: Namibia, South Africa
Coverage outside Africa: United States, United Nations
Language: English
Contents:  SOUTH AFRICA ATTACKS THE UNITED NATIONS • POLICE STATE • The Future of South West Africa • THE MAN WITH SOMETHING TO SAY • The newsletter says upon returned to the United Nations after boycotting the last two sessions of the General Assembly, one of the first actions taken by the Government of the Union of South Africa was to launch an attack upon the 'defects' of the U.N., the shortcomings of the U.N. Charter, and a "tendency to amend the Charter by a process of interpretation." The newsletter says Erich Louw, Minister of External Affairs, said South Africa could never agree to the conception of the U.N. as a world Parliament. The newsletter says South Africa today is a police state, where Africans are obliged to carry passes; arrests are virtually as common in a city like Johannesburg as are parking tickets in New York City. The newsletter says South African clearly aims to undermine the South West Africa by perpetuating the Good Offices Committee. The newsletter includes a book review of "A TIME TO SPEAK" by Michael Scott. The newsletter says a battle is expected at the United Nations when the U.N. Fourth Committee considers applications from petitioners for hearings, over whether South Africa can prevent Michael Scott from speaking to the Committee on behalf of a large number of the people of South West Africa. The newsletter says the battle will be between South Africa and her allies and the African countries and their friends. The newsletter says the best solution is to follow the wishes of the inhabitants, and to place the territory under the U.N. trusteeship system. The newsletter mentions the Broederbond, the International Trusteeship System, Northern Rhodesia, Doubleday & Co., Togo, apartheid, Minister of Labour and Co-operatives Mr. Ako Adjei, Mr. Van der Wath, the Legislative Assembly of South West Africa, and the Mandate.

Collection: Winifred Courtney Collection, National Archives of Namibia