Statement of Position on South Africa of the NSCF Committee on Southern Africa
by National Student Christian Federation Committee on Southern Africa
New York, New York, United States
Undated, February 1965?
The statement says as one expression of the Church, the Body of Christ, in the world the NSCF is devoted to the reconciliation of men to God and to their fellow men individually and through their communities and institutions; the Committee on Southern Africa is constituted to appraise the situation in South Africa and to speak and act for reconciliation there on behalf of the NSCF. The statement says in keeping with its mandate the Committee has studied apartheid, the Nationalist Government’s policy of "separate development" for its peoples. The statement says it has reviewed the implementation of apartheid to date and investigated its fruits: for South Africa; for the Church; and for South Africa's neighbors, including the United States. The statement says the United States is inescapably involved in South Africa's destinies by close political and commercial ties, rapid communications, and the continual danger of escalating nuclear conflict. The statement says the Committee realizes that condemnation of apartheid is easy from across the Atlantic but that reconciliation is hard in South Africa; therefore it does not merely condemn apartheid but involves itself in strategies it considers promising for constructive change in South Africa; the Committee believes that a unified, nonracial, multi-cultural society in which each adult citizen has one vote and in which there is social mobility and a just distribution of wealth is desirable and to be worked for. The statement discusses Edgar Brooks, The City of God and Politics of Crisis, violence, counter-violence, propaganda, the Christian mission, white domination, a bill of rights, a new constitution, blacks, the No Trial Act of 1963,and the rule of civilized law.
Used by permission of William Minter and David Wiley, former members of Southern Africa Committee.