Summary of Testimony of Jennifer Davis
by Jennifer Davis, American Committee on Africa
New York, New York, United States
American Committee on Africa
Summary of testimony by Jennifer Davis to the Committee on Ways and Means of the U.S. House of Representatives, July 8, 1987. Davis argues that denying foreign tax credit to U.S. companies for taxes they paid or accrued to the Republic of South Africa would be a significant further step on the road to ending apartheid, following Congress’ adoption of the 1986 Anti-Apartheid Act. Under South African law, any person who advocates divestment is guilty of subversion and can face up to 20 years in prison. Despite this danger, South Africa's major trade unions, the religious community, and others continue to call for divestment and sanctions. The Anti-Apartheid Act imposed a series of economic sanctions against South Africa, but U.S. companies can still claim credit against their U.S. taxes for those paid in South Africa. Davis says this is particularly objectionable because even a cursory examination of the South African budget reveals the extent to which such taxes would be used to maintain the apartheid system, for example paying the police and soldiers who are now occupying Black townships and terrorizing Black school children.
Used by permission Africa Action (successor to the American Committee on Africa).
Collection: Africa Action Archive