Sebenzi Selena

by Committee on Southern Africa of the Peace Commission
with Robert S. Smith
Washington, DC, United States
Fall 1990
4 pages
Type: Newsletter
Coverage in Africa: Namibia, South Africa
Coverage outside Africa: United States
Language: English
Contents: To the Diocese of Washington and Friends by Robert S. Smith • Fr. Lulama Ntshingwa & Church of Ascension, Silver Spring • The ECOSA Report • South Africa’s Killing Fields • The newsletter says welcome to the first issue of Sebenzi Selema, the newsletter of the Committee on Southern Africa of the Peace Commission (ECOSA); we want to share with you what is happening in that region and what we are doing to support our brothers and sisters in the struggle to end apartheid. The newsletter says the Church of the Ascension in Silver Spring became involved in the issue of apartheid in South Africa in 1984 when Bishop Desmond Tutu spoke at the National Cathedral; the rector at that time and other members of the congregation joined Bishop Walker in demonstrating in front of the South African Embassy in 1985; an annual program on South Africa was begun in Adult Education that culminated in the spring of 1988 with parishioners deciding that they wanted to do something concrete for the people of South Africa. The newsletter says a delegation from the parish met with Bishop Walker in September, 1988 to discuss ways to connect with the people of South Africa, including a companion parish relationship; Bishop David Russell of Grahamstown spoke to the Committee on Southern Africa of the Peace Commission; Rector Emmett Jarrett and several members of Ascension were able to meet with him and asked him to help establish ties. The newsletter says that summer, two members of the Committee on Southern Africa visited Grahamstown; one subsequently met with the Ascension South Africa Committee and reported on the trip and the stresses that Anglican clergy were experiencing; a letter was sent to Bishop Russell offering to host a clergyman for a respite visit; shortly thereafter, Bishop Russell asked Ascension to host Fr. Lulama Ntshingwa as soon as possible; he had been detained in a government prison, and members of his family had received death threats, and his wife had been fired from her job. The newsletter says the Committee drafted a letter to President Bush urging him to maintain sanctions. The newsletter says violence has killed more people in South Africa's Natal Province in the last three years than have been killed in Lebanon and Northern Ireland combined in the same period; more than 4,000 persons have perished; thousands have lost their homes; in late July, the slaughter spread to the Johannesburg area's townships, and in six weeks another 750 persons died. The newsletter includes quotes by Frank Chikane and Canon Winston Ndungane. The newsletter discusses Trinity Church, Anglo-American School in New York, the General Theological Seminary, Sarafina, a Speaker's Bureau, Russell Ayers, Bishop Bruce Evans, Chief Mongosuthu Buthelezi, the African National Congress (ANC), F.W. de Klerk, Sebokeng, the South African Defence Force (SADF), security forces, Koevoet, SWAPO, Inkatha, Tim Rich, Bishop Haines, Dr. Charles Villa-Vicencio, Aubrey McCutcheon, the Washington Office on Africa (WOA), the South African Council of Churches, the Church of the Province of Southern Africa, justice, reconciliation, Mlungisi, the black township of Stutterheim, leaders, "black on black" violence, "tribal clashes", Zulu and Xhosas. The discusses Bob Smith, Gina Jenkins, Ted Lockwood, and JoAnn Jones.
Collection: William Minter Southern Africa Papers