CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 19, 1987
Your editorial (Jan. 30), "Message for South Africa," was a further indication of the dichotomy between thought and action in U.S. foreign policy formulation concerning the Third World. Once again, the United States only seems willing to establish meaningful relationships with those black movements that are cast in our own image. The African National Congress (ANC) is unquestionably the most potent political force for black liberation and majority rule in South Africa. It is an organization that is representative of many diverse aspects of black political thought within South Africa.
May 30, 1987 |
South African commandos, apparently hunting insurgents of the African National Congress, raided the Mozambican capital of Maputo early Friday and killed three people, Mozambique's official AIM news agency reported. Four attacks, all near the presidential palace in Maputo's well-to-do Polana district, were carried out simultaneously about 3 a.m. by heavily armed, four-man squads. They got away by boat after blowing up their cars on the Maputo seafront, according to the news agency.
July 13, 1987 |
A group of prominent white South Africans joined the outlawed African National Congress in a declaration Sunday, pledging to campaign to end apartheid and establish a democratic political system in their country. South Africa's whites, as well as blacks, "have an obligation to act for the achievement of this objective," the two groups said, although "different strategies" will be used in what they declared "a common struggle" against continued minority white rule in Pretoria.
May 22, 1987 |
A clinic founded by black activist Winnie Mandela was destroyed by fire Thursday in a small town where she lived in internal exile for eight years. Police said arson was suspected. Mandela, wife of jailed African National Congress leader Nelson Mandela, told reporters she believes the fire was set in retaliation for two car bombings Wednesday. The government has blamed ANC guerrillas for the blasts, which killed three white policemen and injured 15 people outside a Johannesburg courthouse.
June 4, 1998 |
A notorious apartheid-era police colonel linked former President Pieter W. Botha to violent attacks on anti-government groups. The former colonel, Eugene de Kock, who is serving a 212-year sentence for murders and other crimes, testified that he bombed the London offices of the then-banned African National Congress, or ANC, a South African church headquarters and trade union offices during Botha's 1978-89 rule.
November 4, 1986 |
Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev met today with African National Congress President Oliver Tambo and pledged the Soviet Union's support in the ANC's battle to overthrow the South African system of apartheid. Tass, the official press agency, said both leaders denounced the U.S. policy of constructive engagement with Pretoria and Washington's interference in the internal affairs of neighboring Angola through its support of Jonas Savimbi's UNITA rebel group.
July 10, 1987 |
Fifty prominent white South Africans, defying their government, opened three days of talks with the outlawed African National Congress here Thursday on a strategy to end apartheid and establish a democratic political system for their country. Frederick van Zyl Slabbert, leader of the white delegation of politicians, businessmen, clergy, academics, writers and students, said the meeting would discuss "alternatives to the brutal catastrophe unfolding inside our common fatherland."
August 16, 1987 |
Joe Slovo is the man most feared by white South Africans, the man whose calls for greater "revolutionary violence" seem intended to plunge the country into chaos, the man whose dreams of a Communist South Africa give them nightmares.
December 13, 2012 |
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- South Africa President Jacob Zuma, the controversial leader facing intense criticism for a $30-million government-paid upgrade to his private house, will face competition next week to remain head of the ruling African National Congress party. Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe announced Thursday he would accept a nomination to run against Zuma as president of the ANC. The party vote essentially decides who will be the South African president after 2014 elections, with the ANC politically dominant and seen as certain to win the the top office.
August 6, 1987 |
Twenty-five years ago Wednesday, when South African authorities arrested Nelson Mandela, they believed they had broken the African National Congress and brought to a quick end its "armed struggle" against minority white rule. Today, Mandela remains a prisoner, serving a life sentence for sabotage in an effort to overthrow the government. But now the government of President Pieter W. Botha finds itself effectively a political hostage to Mandela.