Tribute paid to Cuban international combatants in South Africa

Pretoria, Feb 27 (Prensa Latina) A delegation from the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP) paid tribute in this capital on Monday to the more than 2,200 Cuban internationalist combatants who died for South Africa’s freedom.

ICAP Vice President Victor Gaute and Africa Director Yahimi Rodriguez laid a wreath before the Wall of Memory in Freedom Park, where the names of the Cubans who fell in South Africa are engraved, and where, for his own right, the name of the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, can also be found.

Upon welcoming the ICAP representatives, Memorial Director Jane Mufamadi explained how the names of the Cubans constitute the largest number (as a group) of those inscribed on these walls, which perpetuate the memory of the people who gave their lives for South Africa’s freedom from colonial times to the present day.

There is no other country like Cuba that has contributed more to South Africa’s freedom, without asking for anything in return, Mufamadi stressed.

With their actions, the Cubans have shown us the highest form of internationalism and solidarity, she added.

That is why you are our brothers and remain in our hearts, she said.

Gaute recalled the Africans who died in the past in the Americas fighting against slavery.

Africa is a place that honors us as Cubans, he stressed, where the names of the best of our homeland are inscribed, who in an act of absolute altruism gave their lives for the freedom of the African continent.

On the occasion, the ICAP leaders also met with representatives of the Youth League of the Communist Party of South Africa (Yclsa) and reviewed mutual solidarity issues.

In this regard, Tsietsi Letsebe, first deputy national secretary of the Yclsa, expressed his gratitude for Cuba’s participation in the struggles for the liberation of South Africa.


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