Contents: THE EMPIRE TREMBLES… • SOUTH AFRICA AT WAR • THIS IS A MARKED MAN • PRETORIA'S EXPLOSIVE SECRETS - COVERUP OF THE COVERUP • SOUTH AFRICAN MILITARY AGGRESSION TRIAL • S.A.P. "INFILTREER" F.B.I. EN SECRET SERVICE • CRY AMANDLA! • FROM THE FRONT LINE….. • LIFE IN NAMIBIA • The newsletter discusses Pretoria’s increased dominance over southern Africa: the Nkomati treaty with Mozambique, a ceasefire with Angola, its tight grip on Namibia, the rear bases of the ANC of South Africa and SWAPO of Namibia imperiled, a planned tour of Western Europe by P.W. Botha and others, elections for a 'new dispensation' coming up which would condemn part of South Africa's black population - the so-called Coloureds and Indians - to a revised stranglehold. Now, the townships have exploded. The newsletter includes reviews of the book South Africa At War: White Power and the Crisis in Southern Africa by Richard Leonard (Lawrence Hill & Company) and Cry Amandla! by June Goodwin (Holmes & Meier Publishers). It also includes two newspaper articles: "Ex-soldier faces trial in S. Africa" by Jonathan Steele and "'Spy' says Pretoria backed insurgents." The newsletter includes an article about the Very Reverend Tshenuwani Simon Farisani. “The Torture of a South African Pastor,” an interview with Dean and Ms. Farisani, a 25-minute, 16mm film produced by Pastor John Evenson is available from Lutheran World Ministries. The newsletter says South African Police Major Coenraad Scheepers attended a Washington, D.C. conference of the Fingerprint Society in April 1983; in an interview in the SAP magazine Servamus a year later, Scheepers, director of the fingerprint office in the city of Springs northeast of Johannesburg, relates how his 'friend and American colleague, Sam Durrett,' invited him to the US. The newsletter discusses the African National Congress (ANC), SWAPO, the Multi-Party Conference, SWANU, Andimba Toivo ja Toivo, the Venda bantustan, torture, the Black People's Convention, Balthazar Johannes Vorster, British Council of Churches, South African Defence Force (SADF), National Intelligence Service, Directorate of Special Tasks, Roland Mark Hunter, Chief of Staff Intelligence Lt Gen Pieter van der Westhuizen, Patricia Murray Hanekom, Derek Andre Hanekom, Marius and Jeanette Schoon, the Publications Act and the Internal Security Act, the Movement for National Resistance (MNR), South African Police (SAP), Secret Service, FBI, Tsumeb, the Kgaswe coalfield, World Bank, South African Transport Service (SATS), Gobabis, Walvis Bay, Dolfynstrand, Luderitz, Keetmanshoop, League of Nations' Permanent Mandates Commission, International Court of Justice, Lutheran Hospital at Onandjokwe, Oshakati military base, and Major General Georg Meiring. The newsletter introduces From the Front Line, a bi-weekly newsletter produced by the Solidarity News Service collective in Botswana. [Note: Toivo's name is often spelled Toivo ya Toivo.]
Used by permission of former board members of the Episcopal Churchpeople for a Free Southern Africa.
Collection: Private collection of David Wiley and Christine Root