South African Foreign Minister, Pik Botha, made a surprise visit to Windhoek, the capital of South Africa/Namibia on Wednesday (1 October) to confer with local political and military leaders.
South African Foreign Minister, Pik Botha, made a surprise visit to Windhoek, the capital of South Africa/Namibia on Wednesday (1 October) to confer with local political and military leaders. Mr. Botha told a news conference that the South West Africa People's Organisation, a black nationalist organisation also known as SWAPO, had received 79-million a U.S. dollars from Western governments in the past three years.
SYNOPSIS: On the day of Mr. Pik Botha's visit, there was a noisy demonstration outside the Supreme Court building in Windhoek where three Namibians had gone on trial on charges of terrorism. South Africa has announced its own plans for elections in the territory in December this year. But the placards waved by the demonstrators rejected South African-supervised elections-a view shared by SWAPO.
Two of the three accused pleaded guilty to engaging in terrorist activities and the third pleaded guilty to harbouring terrorists. Two pleaded guilty to being terrorists and said they were members of the People's Liberation Army of Namibia-PLAN. They said they had undergone military training in Angola, Zambia and Tanzania in 1974 and 1975. The three were in court as a result of the blowing up of the Guruchab bridge on the road between Karibib station and Kransberg in June. It was reported that two hundred thousand U.S. dollars' worth of damage was caused in the two incidents.