Statement before Civil Rights Committee, Michigan State Legislature
by Gail Hovey, American Committee on Africa
New York, New York, United States
January 26, 1982
American Committee on Africa
Testimony by Gail Hovey in support of legislative action by the state of Michigan to end investment of educational funds in banks and corporations doing business in South Africa. The testimony commends the Michigan State Legislature for passing legislation to prohibit the deposit of surplus funds in banks that make loans to South Africa. Hovey discusses the impacts of apartheid on Africans, including raids on African townships and squatter camps looking for people living illegally in the city in order to find work. Hovey reports that 179 people are being detained without charge; 18 leading trade unionists, labor experts, students and activists were detailed on November 27. Thozamile Gqweta, president of the South African Allied Workers Union, was recently arrested. The testimony says 15,000 people attended the funeral of Griffiths Mlungisi Mxenge. Hovey also mentions the African National Congress and Nelson Mandela and quotes Winnie Mandela.
This item was digitized for Aluka, which made it available to the African Activist Archive.
Used by permission of Africa Action (successor to the American Committee on Africa).
Collection: Africa Action Archive