September 14, 1989 |
Sam Nujoma, leader of the SWAPO guerrilla movement, received a hero's welcome today as he ended 30 years in exile to compete for political power in soon-to-be-independent Namibia. Tight security measures were in force because of threats on Nujoma's life and the assassination Tuesday of Anton Lubowski, the only white with a leadership post in the South-West Africa People's Organization. Earlier today, police announced the arrest of a suspect in the assassination of Lubowski.
September 2, 1989 |
Theo-Ben Gurirab, a young teacher with dreams of black liberation, stuffed some carefully falsified identity papers into his pocket 27 years ago and stole onto an outbound train just ahead of the South African authorities. Once outside Namibia's borders, he earned a master's degree at an American university, married an American fashion merchandiser--and helped guide one of Africa's bloodiest guerrilla wars.
July 5, 1989 |
A group of 153 men, women and children held captive by the Namibian guerrilla organization SWAPO flew to Windhoek on Tuesday under the terms of an independence plan for the South African-run territory. They said they were among about 2,000 dissidents imprisoned and tortured by the South-West Africa People's Organization during its guerrilla war to gain independence for Namibia. SWAPO leaders say they held only 201 dissidents and have released them all.
April 30, 1989
South African-led security forces left their bases to begin tracking any black nationalist guerrillas left in northern Namibia, the South African Broadcasting Corp. reported. The troops had been confined to their bases since Wednesday to give guerrillas from the South-West Africa People's Organization (SWAPO) time to retreat to Angola. Under a U.N.-monitored plan to end South African control of Namibia, the guerrillas were to stay at their bases outside Namibia until mid-May, when they would be allowed to return unarmed.
April 22, 1989 |
The government said Friday that South African forces will be confined to their bases in northern Namibia for 60 hours next week so black nationalist guerrillas can withdraw to Angola without confrontation. Foreign Minister Roelof F. (Pik) Botha said the security forces will remain at their bases from 6 p.m., April 26, until 6 a.m., April 29. South Africa plans to obtain cassette recordings from Angolan officials in which commanders of the South-West Africa People's Organization (SWAPO)
April 15, 1989 |
U.N. officials and Namibia's South African-appointed administrator Friday extended to April 21 the deadline for an estimated 900 black nationalist guerrillas to withdraw to Angola to salvage the independence plan for this South-African controlled territory. The previous deadline for the guerrilla withdrawal was today. "A prolonged stalemate in the affected areas is in no one's interest," a joint statement said. Gerhard Roux, spokesman for administrator Louis Pienaar, said Friday that 13 guerrillas have been killed in battles with security forces in the last several days.