[Dear Fellow Churchman: Security Police of the South African white government raided offices and homes of church leaders]
by Wandile F. Kuse, Madison Area Committee on Southern Africa
Madison, Wisconsin, United States
March 8, 1971
Madison Area Committee on Southern Africa
The mailing says on Wednesday of this last week, Security Police of the South African white government raided offices and homes of church leaders throughout South Africa. This week the Dean of the Cathedral of the Anglican (Episcopalian) Church of Johannesburg is appearing in court on charges linking him with the Communist Party. Also last week a young American Methodist couple, working under a Presbyterian program in South Africa, were deported for inquiring into the conditions of Africans under the apartheid system. At the same time, the government is attacking the interdenominational Christian Institute, the South African Council of Churches, and the University Christian Movement – all groups actively opposing the Afrikaner Dutch Reformed Church biblical interpretations of the inherent inferiority of Africans to whites. In nearby Rhodesia the Student Christian Movement in the schools has be banned as a subversive organization, and just a few years ago the American Methodist Church in Angola estimated that one-third of all their pastors and one-fourth of their members were killed by the Portuguese in reprisal for African attempts to achieve wider freedom. What can the American Church do? The mailing asks people to call for scheduling speakers and other programs.
Used by permission of David Wiley and William Minter, former members of Madison Area Committee on Southern Africa.
Collection: Madison Area Committee on Southern Africa papers, Michigan State University Libraries Special Collections