The day before Nelson Mandela called for the lifting of sanctions we sent this mailing to anti-apartheid activists across the United States. Enclosed was a copy of a letter from Nelson Mandela to Jennifer Davis asking her to prepare for the lifting of sanctions in cities and states across the U.S.
Richard Knight, posted January 2002
The Africa Fund
198 Broadway • New York, N.Y. 10038 • (212) 962-1210
Tilden J LeMelle, Chairman
Jennifer Davis, Executive Director
September 22, 1993
The African National Congress has announced plans to call for the lifting of sanctions by the end of this month. Some press reports indicate that Nelson Mandela could call for the lifting of sanctions when he addresses the United Nations this Friday, September 24.
The most effective continuing sanctions on South Africa are the state and local actions you initiated. I am writing to urge you to act swiftly to lift your local sanctions once Mandela has made that call.
But the end of sanctions must not signal the end of the movement of support for the people of South Africa. I recently received a letter from Nelson Mandela asking us to help ensure that sanctions are removed promptly when the ANC calls for them to be lifted and urging people in the United States help redress the legacy of apartheid. As Mandela explains in his letter,
"Nearly half our people have no jobs, no homes, and little hope.
For these reasons, we believe that a political solution must be accompanied
by a quick return of foreign
I urge you, once Mandela has made his call to lift sanctions, to:
* Seek prompt action to lift remaining local sanctions and to consider Mandela's appeal to link that action to calls for socially responsible investment. Richard Knight of our staff has more information about this appeal.
* Support efforts to ensure that the forthcoming elections are free and fair.
We look forward to working closely with you in the coming months to secure the birth of democracy in South Africa.
African National Congress
51 Plein Street
PO Box 61884
OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT
Ms Jennifer Davis
The Africa Fund
27 July 1993
I am writing to ask you to prepare for the lifting of sanctions in the cities and states of the USA. We are now preparing for elections in April 1994. As soon as the Transitional Executive Council (TEC) is established, backed up by the appropriate legislation, we will be calling on those engaged in the anti-apartheid struggle to act swiftly to ensure that the remaining sanctions are removed.
I am personally very concerned that the economy here has been worsening as we enter the third year of a devastating recession. Nearly half our people have no jobs, no homes, and little hope. For these reasons, we believe that a political solution must be accompanied by a quick return of foreign investors to our country. We hope that the cities and states that were the firm backbone of the anti-apartheid movement in the United States will commit themselves to actively supporting re-investment in the South African economy in a socially responsible manner which will help address the devastating legacy of apartheid.
Sanctions played a critical role in bringing us close to freedom day and I will be forever grateful to the American people you work with, to help us as we seek to establish a new democratic order on a solid foundation.
NELSON R. MANDELA
c.c. Lindiwe Mabuza, Chief Representative, ANC. Washington D.C.
The People Shall Govern!