Fonds AD1757 - Commission of Inquiry into the Espionage Activities of the South African Government in the International University Exchange Fund (IUEF)

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Commission of Inquiry into the Espionage Activities of the South African Government in the International University Exchange Fund (IUEF)


  • 1980 (Creation)

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76 pages

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The International University Exchange Fund (IUEF) was set up at the headquarters of the International Student Conference (ISC) in Leiden, Netherlands, with the aim to assisting refugees. It was later moved to Geneva and adopted a new constitution, setting up a board of Nordic non-governmental organisations, including especially student and youth organisations. Lars-Gunnar Eriksson of Sweden was appointed Director of the IUEF, expanding the organisation and providing scholarships for Southern African students and other activities.
The IUEF also supported programmes inside South Africa, such as SACHED, a distance education programme. Another programme was the "prison education programme" to provide funds for correspondence courses for political prisoners, which was operated in cooperation with the National Union of South African Students (NUSAS).
In 1977 Mr. Eriksson employed and later appointed Craig Williamson, Vice-President of NUSAS, as Deputy Director of the IUEF. However, Williamson at the time was also a Captain in the South African Security Police. The infiltration of the IUEF by Craig Williamson, together with unfolding political events in the late 1970s, led to the dissolution of the organisation in 1981.

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The collection forms part of the archive of the South African Institute of Race Relations (SAIRR).

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The Commission of Inquiry was set up on the 11 February 1980, following the revelation that the former Deputy Director of the IUEF, Craig Williamson, was a member of the South African Security Police.

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