South African Foreign Minister Pik Botha was met with protests from AAM campaigners and representatives of the Southern African liberation movements on his visit to London in August. AA News reported on Terrorism Act trials in Pietermaritzburg and Pretoria. It revealed that the Smith regime in Zimbabwe had hanged 125 political prisoners since April 1975.A centre spread focused on the South African union movement  and AA News outlined plans for a new AAM campaign among British  trade unionists. Mac Maharaj and Indres Naidoo described their lives as political prisoners on Robben Island.

The October issue led on the trial of the Pretoria 12. It demanded an international enquiry into the death of Steve Biko, murdered by South African security police on 12 September. Reg Austin analysed the new Anglo-American plan for a settlement on Rhodesia. The issue carried a report on the World Conference for Action Against Apartheid, held in Lagos, 22–26 August. It highlighted TUC support for a second week of international trade union action against apartheid in 1978. Brian Bunting analysed South African plans for a new apartheid constitution. Basil Davidson, recently returned from Angola, reported on South Africa’s raids over the Namibian border.

The November issue led on the banning of black consciousness organisations and the Christian Institute of South Africa. It again reported on atrocities in Zimbabwe and the latest developments in Namibia. The AAM’s annual general meeting attacked the EEC Code of Conduct on South Africa as meaningless. Reports on the Labour and Liberal Party conferences recorded resolutions calling for sanctions against South Africa. The issue highlighted the refusal of British firm Smith and Nephew to renew its agreement with the independent National Union of Textile Workers in South Africa.

AA News quoted Nigeria's UN ambassador Leslie Harriman as saying the UN mandatory arms embargo was ‘too little too late’, as the Western powers vetoed economic sanctions against South Africa. It reported on the retrial of the Pretoria 12 and the threatened death penalty faced by two Soweto students. A picture centre spread featured a new IDAF exhibition on Zimbabwe. SWAPO representative Shapua Kaukungwa exposed the talks on Namibia as a charade. Kees Maxey reported on the guerrilla war in Zimbabwe.

‘Smith troops on the rampage’, headlined this issue, reporting on a massacre of Zimbabwean refugees by Rhodesian soldiers. It announced campaign plans for the UN-designated 1978 International Year Against Apartheid and exposed how British companies were flouting the Government’s ‘Code of Conduct’. It reported on the farcical inquest into the death of Steve Biko and on the trials of hundreds of South African political activists. It previewed plans for the ICFTU’s trade union week of anti-apartheid action, 13–21 March 1978. In a special feature on Namibia, it accused Western governments of undermining SWAPO.

The March issue led on the AAM’s March month of action and reprinted an ANC leaflet distributed in South Africa. It reported on an AAM conference for trade unionists, at which Leyland shop stewards said they would ask workers to ‘black’ exports to South Africa. Features on South Africa’s dependence on imports of oil and investment exposed the roles of Barclays and Midland banks in supporting apartheid. AA News reported on the retrial of the Pretoria 12 and on a new show trial of PAC (Pan-Africanist Congress) supporters. A centre spread featured growing resistance to white rule in Zimbabwe, South Africa and Namibia. 

The April issue called for an international campaign to save the life of Solomon Mahlangu, sentenced to hang under the Terrorism Act. It announced AAM aims and activities for the UN Year Against Apartheid, March 1978–March 1979. A picture spread featured action by local AA groups during the AAM’s March month of action. AA News reported on British trade union support for the international week of anti-apartheid action. A centre spread recorded the Zimbabwe Patriotic Front’s rejection of British Government proposals for a deal with the Smith regime. An obituary by Randolph Vigne mourned PAC leader Robert Sobukwe.

This issue again highlighted the Zimbabwe’s Patriotic Front’s rejection of the ‘internal settlement’ promoted by the Smith regime. It publicised the AAM’s new Teacher Network and Medical Committee. It recorded the life sentences passed on six defendants in the trial of the Pretoria 12 and reported on the secret trial of 18 alleged PAC members. It reproduced a statement by British Foreign Secretary David Owen saying that the UK should scale down its investment in South Africa on economic grounds. A feature on the South African economy argued that it was facing further recession.