Africa Notes: Washington Pauses to Reassess the South African Sanctions Issue - January 1989
January 20, 1989
Late in the concluding session of the 1OOth Congress, just prior to breaking for a recess and the final round of electioneering before the November 1988 presidential and congressional elections, the so-called Dellums bill died a quiet death. If enacted, the Anti-Apartheid Act Amendments of 1988 would have resulted in a significant tightening of the U.S. sanctions against South Africa imposed under the terms of the Comprehensive Anti-Apartheid Act of 1986. The aborted 1988 legislation would have prohibited all U.S. investment in and military or intelligence cooperation with South Africa; further limited trade to include the energy sector; set up new mechanisms within government for monitoring trade and investment; and mandated other punitive actions.