1980s

boy14. Boycott Apartheid 89 conference – London

This conference gave London anti-apartheid supporters information about the AAM’s Boycott 89 campaign. It was one of 18 regional meetings held all over Britain to mobilise support.

pic8903. ‘Boycott Apartheid 89’ campaign

Anti-apartheid supporters in Maidstone, Kent asked shoppers to boycott Cape Fruit as part of the AAM’s ‘Boycott Apartheid 89’ campaign. All over Britain local AA groups talked to shoppers and motorists outside supermarkets and Shell garages.

80s50. Selling Out to Apartheid

‘Selling Out to Apartheid’ detailed the ways in which the British government promoted trade with South Africa in defiance of growing national and international support for sanctions. 

pic8904. ‘Boycott Apartheid 89’ campaign

Anti-apartheid supporters in Nuneaton, Warwickshire, talked to shoppers at the city’s main branch of Tesco as part of the AAM’s ‘Boycott Apartheid 89’ campaign in March 1989. All over Britain local AA groups gave out campaign leaflets outside supermarkets and Shell garages.

pic8907. ‘Boycott Apartheid 89’ campaign

Bristol AA Group supporters asked shoppers not to buy South African wine. They were taking part in the AAM’s ‘Boycott Apartheid 89’ campaign in March 1989. All over Britain local AA groups gave out campaign leaflets outside supermarkets and Shell garages. As well as wine and fruit, the campaign focused on tourism and imports of coal and gold.

pic8930. Bernie Grant signs ‘Boycott Apartheid 89’ petition

Labour MP Bernie Grant with Haringey AA Group activist Sean O’Donovan, signing the AAM’s ‘Boycott Apartheid 89’ petition.

wom08. Women’s membership leaflet

In 1989 the AAM appointed a women’s organiser and produced this leaflet to attract new women members. The leaflet highlighted the situation of South African and Namibian women and asked women in Britain to support the AAM’s ‘Boycott Apartheid 89’ campaign.

pic8908. ‘SWAPO will win’

In December 1988 South Africa signed the UN Plan for the Independence of Namibia, which led to the holding of free elections in November 1989. Church Action on Namibia marked 1 April 1989, the date set for the implementation of the plan, with a street theatre performance outside the South African Embassy showing British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher greeting South African President P W Botha.