1990s

90s27. Making Hope a Reality

Report of a conference convened in London in June 1993 by AAM President Trevor Huddleston and former Tanzanian President Julius Nyerere. The conference discussed a post-apartheid agenda of support for the people of Southern Africa.

90s21. March and rally, June 1993

A big crowd in Trafalgar Square heard Walter Sisulu demand immediate agreement on an election date on 20 June 1993. The rally was the climax of the AAM’s campaign to win support in Britain for one person one vote elections and a unitary constitution for South Africa. Also on the platform in Trafalgar Square was Bill Morris, General Secretary of the British transport workers union, Lorna Fitzsimmons, President of the National Union of Students, and MPs Michael Meacher and Simon Hughes. In a dramatic breakthrough two weeks later, on 2 July, it was agreed that an election would be held on 27 April 1994.

pic9302. ‘Peace, Freedom and the Vote’

A big crowd in Trafalgar Square heard Walter Sisulu demand immediate agreement on an election date on 20 June 1993. The rally was the climax of the AAM’s campaign to win support in Britain for one person one vote elections and a unitary constitution for South Africa. Also on the platform were Bill Morris, General Secretary of the British transport workers union, Lorna Fitzsimmons, President of the National Union of Students and MPs Michael Meacher and Simon Hughes. In a dramatic breakthrough two weeks later, on 2 July, it was agreed that an election would be held on 27 April 1994.

pic9303. ‘Peace, Freedom and the Vote’

A big crowd in Trafalgar Square heard Walter Sisulu demand immediate agreement on an election date on 20 June 1993. The rally was the climax of the AAM’s campaign to win support in Britain for one person one vote elections and a unitary constitution for South Africa. Also on the platform were Bill Morris, General Secretary of the British transport workers union, Lorna Fitzsimmons, President of the National Union of Students and MPs Michael Meacher and Simon Hughes. In a dramatic breakthrough two weeks later, on 2 July, it was agreed that an election would be held on 27 April 1994.

90s25. Manifesto for Free and Fair Elections

After agreement was reached on 27 April 1994 as the date for one person one vote elections in South Africa, the AAM campaigned to ensure the elections were free and fair. This Manifesto set out ten conditions, including a UN monitoring group. It was launched on 27 July 1993 at a ceremony in the House of Commons.

90s28. Programme of Action

After agreement was reached in July 1993 on a date for South Africa’s first democratic national election the AAM set out steps to ensure the election was free and fair. These included an end to political violence, voter education and equitable financial resources for the parties contesting the election. 

pic9306. Mendi Msimang and John Prescott

ANC representative Mendi Msimang with Labour MP John Prescott at the trade union congress in September 1993. The TUC gave its full backing to the ANC’s Votes for Freedom campaign and asked British unions to donate to the ANC’s election fund. It also asked affiliated unions to support their sister unions in South Africa.

pic9307. Trade unions back ANC election fund

Bill Morris, General Secretary of the British transport workers union TGWU, presented a cheque for £20,000 to the ANC’s UK representative Mendi Msimang at the trade union congress in September 1993. The donation was for the ANC’s election fund, which had a £1 million target in Britain. The shopworkers union USDAW, the Fire Brigades Union, civil servants union CPSA, Manufacturing Science and Finance (MSF) and the general workers union GMB all made big donations.