U.S. Economic Sanctions Against South Africa

The subcommittee heard testimony on whether the U.S. should continue economic sanctions against South Africa. Economic sanctions were… read more

The subcommittee heard testimony on whether the U.S. should continue economic sanctions against South Africa. Economic sanctions were originally enacted against South Africa in protest of their strict apartheid laws, which prevented blacks from voting or running for office and mandated strict segregationist policies on public transportation, and schools. Apartheid laws also prohibit blacks from owning land and placed blacks into separate homelands apart from the white citizenry. Recently, the government of South Africa, headed by President F.W. de Klerk, began easing apartheid laws with the intention of eventually removing them altogether. The South African government is negotiating with the African National Congress, the largest black political organization in Africa, to create a new constitution granting full political rights to all black citizens. However, the A.N.C. has given the government until May 9 to quell the political violence occurring between blacks in the black townships or it will break off negotiations on the new constitution. The Bush administration has stated that the remaining obstacle to the removal of sanctions is the legal return of exiles to South Africa; however, concern has been raised that the South African government has not made sufficient advances to justify the removal of sanctions. Witnesses testified on the efficacy of sanctions on the South African government. close

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Program ID:
17765-1
Category:
House Committee
Format:
House Committee
Location:
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
First Aired:
Apr 30, 1991
Last Aired:
May 4, 1991

Airing Details

  • Apr 30, 1991 | 1:29pm EDT | C-SPAN 2
  • May 01, 1991 | 12:15am EDT | C-SPAN 1
  • May 01, 1991 | 6:30am EDT | C-SPAN 2
  • May 04, 1991 | 2:45pm EDT | C-SPAN 1
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