Belated Cassinga Day commemorations held in Windhoek

15 May 2016 16:00pm
WINDHOEK, 15 MAY (NAMPA) – The Khomas Regional Council held its belated Cassinga Day commemoration in the Tobias Hainyeko Constituency in Windhoek on Sunday.
The event was amongst others attended by about 30 Cassinga survivors.
Speaking on behalf of the survivors, Ignatius Mwanyekange said they will not forget the atrocities committed by the South African regime at Cassinga in Angola on 04 May 1987.
“This despicable act of barbarism committed by the colonial forces of the South African Apartheid against our people was indeed one of the darkest and saddest days during our struggle for national liberation,” he said.
Cassinga was a Swapo transit camp established for Namibian refugees who fled the country due to harsh conditions inflicted on them by the then South African apartheid regime.
About 300 children, 294 women and 165 men died, while 200 people went missing when the South African Defence Force attacked Cassinga on 04 May 1978.
In her keynote address, chairperson of the Khomas Regional Council, Rachel Jacob said Namibia will forever remain thankful and indebted to countries who rendered their assistance during the difficult years of the liberation struggle for liberation.
“As we commemorate this day, we must recommit ourselves to hard work and determination. We must reverse this situation of poverty, unemployment, hunger, disease and ignorance by recommitting to nation-building at all times,” she said.
The about 30 survivors also lit candles in memory of those who died at Cassinga and sang songs of remembrance.
A wreath was laid earlier in the day at the Heroes Acre in honour of those who perished on 04 May 1987.