Zuma pays tribute to ANC fallen
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.