South African apartheid propaganda

This video from the USA says about itself:

Selling Apartheid: South Africa’s Global Propaganda War

27 August 2015

On the morning of 8 June 1988 dozens of children from Washington DC schools arrived at the United States capitol, carrying a small black doll to deliver to the lawmakers. Each doll represented a child who would be harmed by the sanctions congress had recently imposed on South Africa.

By John Moore in Britain:

How apartheid failed to sell itself globally

Monday 12th September 2016

Selling Apartheid: South Africa’s Global Propaganda War by Ron Nixon (Pluto Press, £13)

THIS lively account of the South African government’s propaganda campaigns to win international support for the abomination that was apartheid — at a cost of $100 million a year in the early 1980s — focuses principally on its activities in the US.

While there were campaigns everywhere internationally before the 1960s against South Africa’s racial segregation, torture and oppression, the turning point was Sharpeville, the township where in 1960 a demonstration against the pass laws was fired on by the police, who killed 70 people.

Subsequently, the apartheid government launched a furious media campaign in the US and Europe, propagating the fiction of how well it treated its native population. Even so, many businesses withdrew their investments from South Africa.

US president John Kennedy was persuaded to sponsor Pretoria’s application for a loan from the IMF.

But opposition to apartheid grew fast at the grassroots, especially as it merged with the civil rights movement. Martin Luther King called apartheid an attempt to bring back the ideology and practices of nazism yet President Nixon declared that: “The Whites are here to stay.”

The Soweto uprising in 1976, when police killed nearly 200 schoolchildren, changed world opinion and it shifted further against apartheid the following year when Steve Biko died of multiple head injuries received during police interrogation.

In Britain in the 1970s, the anti-apartheid movement grew rapidly and stopped a tour by an all-white cricket team from South Africa.

US president Ronald Reagan opposed all sanctions on the grounds that “persuasion” was better and Margaret Thatcher followed suit. In the US, black propagandists for South Africa were paid great salaries but their achievements were limited by their shortage of contacts in black communities. Millions of dollars were poured into the apartheid white-washing campaigns, with newspaper firms bought and prominent personalities bribed. But in Britain the TUC came out in support of sanctions and Barclays Bank decided to pull out of South Africa after many boycotts across the country. Then, in 1986, the US Congress approved sanctions and also voted to override the president’s veto.

The apartheid government spent ever more dollars in an attempt to stave off its downfall but to no avail. In February 1990, President De Klerk lifted the ban on the ANC and the Communist Party and soon after Nelson Mandela was freed after 27 years in jail.

His people, with worldwide support, had smashed a repulsive system of racial oppression and its global propaganda campaign and one criticism of this book is that a parallel account of the great movement of liberation inside South Africa is absent.

June 28 2005 at 07:16pm. By Terri-Liza Fortein. Bonteheuwel struggle veteran Stella Jagger fought for freedom and better living conditions for ordinary people all her life – then died at the 50th Freedom Charter Celebrations in Kliptown.

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  4. Monday 5th May 2017

    posted by Morning Star in World

    SOUTH AFRICA’S Democratic Alliance (DA) party announced at the weekend that its former leader Helen Zille has been “suspended from all party-related activities” for making comments in praise of colonialism.

    Current DA leader Mmusi Maimane said his predecessor’s suspension would last “until such time as her disciplinary hearing is concluded.”

    The party has been in uproar since Ms Zille tweeted in March that South Africa’s colonial legacy was not only negative, citing “our independent judiciary, transport infrastructure, piped water etc.”

    The main opposition party has its roots in the white minority that benefited from apartheid, but it has broadened its appeal among South Africa’s black majority in recent years and made big gains in last year’s local elections.

    Her claims had harmed the DA and undermined reconciliation efforts, said Mr Maimane.

    “We live in a fragile democracy, which means our public representatives must, at all times, be sensitive to the legitimate anger that people still feel about our past and its legacy,” he added.

    The DA party leadership wrote to Ms Zille, informing her of its plan to suspend her pending a disciplinary hearing, it announced later.

    She has three days to present any arguments about why she should not be suspended, it explained.

    Ms Zille ridiculed the conflicting statements emanating from party leaders about whether she was suspended or not, insisting that the party had no right to find her guilty before the disciplinary hearing.

    “I cannot be bullied into resigning or incriminating myself,” she tweeted.

    Ms Zille, now the Western Cape premier, also disputed Mr Maimane’s comment that she had refused to apologise, claiming to have done so publicly.


  5. Thursday 27th July 2017

    posted by Morning Star in World

    THE inquest into the 1971 death of South African communist Ahmed Timol heard evidence of his apparent torture yesterday.

    Dr Shakeera Holland provided evidence at the recently reopened inquiry into the death of the young liberation campaigner.

    His testimony, that Mr Timol had suffered multiple injuries before his death, challenges police claims at the time that he was well-treated during his four days of detention.

    Police said that he leapt to his death from a narrow 10th-floor window in the middle of an interrogation on October 27 1971.

    But Mr Hollamby, after studying the post-mortem report and photographs concluded that numerous injuries were not consistent with a fall from that height.

    On Tuesday former minister in the presidency Essop Pahad, one of Mr Timol’s oldest friends, refuted police claims that South African Communist Party members were under orders to commit suicide if captured to avoid revealing information.

    Mr Pahad also said that his friend would not have committed suicide because he was a Muslim.

    Since the inquest began, many witnesses have suggested that Mr Timol was pushed.

    The communist party member was one of more than 73 detainees of the apartheid regime to die in suspicious circumstances at the notorious John Vorster Square police headquarters in Johannesburg and elsewhere.


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  7. Friday 13th October 2017

    posted by James Tweedie in World

    SOUTH AFRICAN anti-apartheid campaigner and communist Ahmed Timol was murdered by police, the High Court in Pretoria ruled yesterday — 46 years after his death.

    Judge Billy Mothle said Mr Timol was assaulted and tortured from his arrest on October 22 1971 until he fell to his death from the notorious John Vorster Square police station on the 27th.

    The apartheid regime claimed he took his own life by jumping from the narrow 10th-floor window of an interrogation room.

    “Timol did not jump out of the window of room 1026 but was either pushed out of the window or from the roof,” the judge said. “Thus he did not commit suicide but was murdered.”

    Judge Mothle said Jan Rodriguez, the last police officer to see Mr Timol alive, should be investigated as a murder suspect, an accessory and for perjury at the 1972 and 2017 inquests.

    “Rodriguez on his own version participated in the cover-up to conceal the crime of murder as an accessory after the fact and went on to commit perjury by presenting contradictory evidence,” he said.

    The reopening of the inquest earlier this year was a victory after years of campaigning by Mr Timol’s family and the foundation named for him.

    At a press conference following the verdict, the foundation thanked the judge, adding: “The true circumstances of Ahmed Timol’s death have finally been ventilated, and the official record revised.”

    South African Communist Party spokesman Alex Mashilo said: “Everyone who was killed by or disappeared at the behest of the apartheid regime must be accounted for.

    “The forces behind the crime against humanity, apartheid, must be held accountable.”


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