Statement before the United Nations Special Committee on Decolonization
by Jennifer Davis, American Committee on Africa
New York, New York, United States
June 17, 1983
American Committee on Africa
Jennifer Davis notes in her testimony that South Africa has powerful allies in its illegal occupation on Namibia, including foreign corporations, such as Newmont Mining Corporation, that continue to exploit Namibia's resources in violation of U.S. Council for Namibia Decree Number One. Davis reports that The Africa Fund, associated with the American Committee on Africa, has published “Namibia's Stolen Wealth: North American Investment and South African Occupation.” Davis discusses SWAPO and Theo-Ben Gurirab as well as Dr. Abisai Shejanali, General Secretary of the Council of Churches of Namibia. Davis reports on divestment campaigns focused companies and banks doing business in South Africa; more than 30 colleges and universities have divested from these companies; major Protestant denominations have voted to withdraw from banks and do no business with corporations that operate in South Africa; dozens of national, regional and local church bodies have acted against Citibank; and states and cities are taking up the issue of investment of public funds in banks and corporations operating in South Africa. Davis reports on several pieces of legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives that would limit South Africa's access to international capital and strengthen the arms embargo. One provision would authorize opposition to any International Monetary Fund (IMF) loan to any country that practices apartheid. Davis discusses the hanging of three members of the African National Congress (Marcus Motaung, Jerry Mosololi and Simon Mogoerane) on June 9, 1983 and the senseless killings, beatings, and rapes by South African soldiers who illegally occupy Namibia. • Allies in Oppression • Plan of Action • International Seminar on Namibia • Divestment Campaign
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