Cassinga Day should not be taken for granted: McLeod-Katjirua
04 May 2017 16:40pm
WINDHOEK, 04 MAY (NAMPA) - Cassinga Day should be a day of reflection and understanding that independence came at a high price and should not be taken for granted, Khomas Governor Laura McLeod-Katjirua has said.
She made the remarks at the 39th commemoration of Cassinga Day at UN Plaza on Thursday.
The day is commemorated on 04 May every year to honour the around 600 people who died when the South African Defence Force attacked a Swapo base at Cassinga in southern Angola in 1978.
McLeod-Katjirua said on the day, Namibians should dedicate themselves to honouring the victims by uniting as a nation in the spirit of Harambee to build a Namibian house worthy of their struggle.
The commemoration saw more than 200 people gather.
Survivors of the Cassinga attack who were in attendance lit candles to pay their respects to those who died on the day while singing songs of the liberation struggle.
The governor said it is important to commemorate the day in order to pay homage to those who sacrificed their lives so that Namibians can live in peace and harmony, free from oppression and colonialism.