South Africa: for your information
by American Committee on Africa
New York, New York, United States
Contents: THE IMPLICATIONS OF THE ASSASSINATION OF DR. VERWOERD • The Act • Primary Observations • Secondary Observations • Tertiary Observations • International Relations • The report says assassination as a method of political change is to be regretted both morally and politically; the assassination of Dr. Verwoerd will further polarize the hatred and fear of the protagonists in a society where suspicion and repression are daily bread; acts of violence are hardly the panacea for eradicating the most complex problems of society; yet violence and terror have been the natural order in South Africa for a decade or more. The report says the death of the apartheid prophet will not destroy the fetters of fear which bind the whites, the Europeans, together; the assassination does not change differences in color or culture, language or tradition, the common excuse for the pursuance of a racial supremacy which, above all, will continue to be economically profitable. The report says the experience and talent among potential successors is thinly distributed; there will be mistakes in the execution of apartheid, the progress of the Bantustans and the consistency of foreign policy; but these errors can only be turned to good account, if persuasion and coercion are more firmly applied by Western countries; between the two most likely successors - Donges and Vorster - there are only different emphases or means, not ends (Donges is the more "moderate".) The report says the application of a mandatory oil embargo on Rhodesia, with the threat of further oil sanctions upon states which did not permit the United Nations inspection teams at road and rail posts, is now feasible; South Africa without Verwoerd might be ready to abandon Rhodesia to the vacillation of Prime Minister Wilson; it might be difficult to maintain white unity in the Republic under threat of selective sanctions. The report discusses the Bantustan policy, South West Africa, the International Court of Justice (ICJ), the economic sector, capital flight of post-Sharpeville proportions, the $40 million revolving credit, United States banks, Western business, and total economic sanctions on South Africa.
Used by permission of Africa Action (successor to the American Committee on Africa).
Collection: Robert E. Maurer Papers, Michigan State University Libraries Special Collections