South Africa: for your information
by American Committee on Africa
New York, New York, United States
Contents: Attacks on the Fund • Dutch Gift • Renewed Attack & Response • International Responsibility • The report says the South African Defence and Aid Fund is under severe Government attack; the Fund, which provides legal defense to persons accused of political crimes and aid to their dependents, is the last effective organization to give aid to opponents of apartheid; its paralysis would give the thousands annually accused of opposing racism little chance of obtaining lawyers, and this place them at the complete mercy of the police. The report says the Fund, which now depends primarily on external gifts for its operation is not being attacked directly; instead, the Government is banning staff members individually. The report says attacks on South African Defense and Aid began during the Rivonia trial at the end of 1963 when State Prosecutor Dr. Percy Yutar suggested it was a tool of saboteurs and political agitators. The report discusses the Nationalist Party (National Party), State Prosecutor Dr. Percy Yuttar, Catholic layman David Craighead, John Blundell, UN resolutions, the General Assembly, the Security Council, the Verwoerd administration, Dr. Verwoerd, the Netherlands Government, KLM Royal Dutch Airline, political prisoners, police torture, Canon John Collins of Great Britain, Pakistan, India, Denmark, the World Council of Churches (WCC), scholarship assistance to students from southern Africa, the State Department's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the International D&A Committee, and the United Party.
Used by permission of Africa Action (successor to the American Committee on Africa).
Collection: Africa Action Archive