Fund for Democratic Elections in South Africa

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Duration: 1993 - 1994
Location: Boston, Massachusetts, United States


The Fund for Democratic Elections in South Africa (FDESA) was formed by friends of Fund for a Free South Africa (FreeSA) who wanted to raise unrestricted taxable funds to support partisan and voter education efforts in the period leading to South Africa's first democratic and nonracial elections. The National Co-Chairs were Harry Belafonte, Dr. Johnnetta Cole, Danny Glover, Bob Moses, Themba Vilakazi and Alfre Woodard. FDESA produced a public service announcement Danny Glover and a phone number 1-800-MANDELA where callers heard a message from African National Congress (ANC) President Nelson Mandela and FDESA National Co-Chair Danny Glover before they were switched to a live operator to take a contribution to support the elections. (Source: FDESA document on this website and the newsletter MAMELANI, Volume 7 Number 2, Summer 1994, Fund for a Free South Africa available on this website.)