Zuma pays trib­ute to ANC fallen

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - AFRICA -

LUANDA: Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma made an emo­tional pil­grim­age yes­ter­day to a for­mer anti-apartheid guer­rilla camp in An­gola, where he laid a wreath and paid trib­ute to fallen com­rades.

An­gola’s rul­ing MPLA was a key ally of the ANC’s dur­ing the strug­gle against apartheid, and many ANC mem­bers shel­tered and trained in An­gola.

“This is to re­mind us where we come from and en­cour­age us to work harder for the goals for which many lost their lives,” Zuma said.

While the visit has fo­cused on boost­ing trade, the two coun­tries’ his­tor­i­cal re­la­tion­ship has also played an im­por­tant role, with Zuma tak­ing ev­ery op­por­tu­nity to thank An­gola and the MPLA for their sup­port of the ANC.

On Thurs­day, Zuma laid wreaths at a memo­rial for An­gola’s first pres­i­dent, Agostinho Neto, and then at the grave of “an un­known sol­dier” who died in An­gola’s lib­er­a­tion strug­gle with the Por­tuguese.

Ahead of Zuma’s ar­rival at the site, Themba Kubheka, South African am­bas­sador to An­gola, said: “This is an emo­tional visit for us. We came to say to our peo­ple who are buried here that what they fought and died for has been achieved.”

The coun­tries have signed a num­ber of bi­lat­eral deals aimed at boost­ing trade and eco­nomic ex­change. – Sapa-AFP

TRIB­UTE: Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma pays his re­spects at the Luanda memo­rial to for­mer An­golan pres­i­dent Agostinho Neto.

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