by Episcopal Churchmen for South Africa
New York, New York, United States
Lent 1980 (April?)
The newsletter reports that The Sunday Post of Soweto has launched a campaign for the release of Nelson Mandela of the African National Congress - serving a life sentence at the Robben Island prison colony, and other leaders in prison, and for the free return of those in exile. The Rev. Sam Buti and Bishop Desmond Tutu, president and general secretary respectively of the South African Council of Churches, endorsed the campaign started by Sunday Post editor Percy Qoboza. The newsletter reports that the stunning victory of the Patriotic Front in the February elections in Zimbabwe sent a strong message to the world - especially across the Limpopo into the bastion of apartheid. The newsletter notes that the free Southern African nations meeting in Lusaka, Zambia ratified a declaration entitled 'Southern Africa: Towards Economic Liberation'. The newsletter includes a letter from the faculty of the General Theological Seminary expressing concern and support for the Right Reverent Desmond Tutu who had his passport taken away by the South African government. The newsletter also includes a report on Tutu and The Reverent David Russell who was sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison for violating the banning orders which Pretoria imposed. The newsletter includes a report on the death of Lilian Masediba Ngoya, long-time and well honored leader in the struggle against oppression in South Africa. The newsletter includes reports on the program Hot Shells -- U.S. Arms for South Africa about the sale to South Africa of 155mm howitzers and shell by Space Research Corporation; John Stockwell, CIA Angola task force chief in 1975, comments. The newsletter includes an article Twinkle! Twinkle! about the twin flash detected by a U.S. Vela satellite somewhere in the South Atlantic - Indian Oceans area. Contents: Release Mandela • Police quiz Dean on Mandela • Blacks will follow Mandela, says Qoboza • Mr. Botha puts limit on changes in S Africa • Free Mandela movement grows • Lent 1980, Victims of Pretoria • The Mother of the Nation • American Military Aid for Pretoria • Twinkle! Twinkle! • Dirty Work 2-The CIA in Africa • Generations of Resistance • South Africa - The Nuclear File • Bishop Tutu's Message
Used by permission of former board members of the Episcopal Churchpeople for a Free Southern Africa.
Collection: Private collection of Richard Knight