11 May 2019 15:30pm
WINDHOEK, 11 MAY (NAMPA) - Namibia has won the political struggle but still has to attain economic independence through the youth, Deputy Minister of Veterans Affairs, Hilma Nicanor said on Saturday.
Speaking in Windhoek at the belated Cassinga Day commemoration, Nicanor said the younger generation should dedicate themselves, study and work hard to ensure economic emancipation, which is the second phase of the struggle.
It is the best price to pay for the sacrifices of those who laid down their lives for the freedom enjoyed today. Today Namibia is free. It is either you destroy the hard-won gains of the revolution or you commit yourselves to defend and protect such gains, she said.
Nicanor said young people should be reminded that it is their duty to oppose the challenges the nation faces such as poverty, unemployment and hunger.
The deputy minister said graduates from institutions of higher learning and vocational training should be ready to add value to society through employment and wealth creation, which would lead to economic development.
She further added that Government will create favourable conditions for them to excel and the youth should grab such opportunities as they become available.
I urge you to work hard and recommit to duty to guarantee economic independence and prosperity for all, which is the only way we can become masters of our own destiny, she said.
Meanwhile Ekonia Hashipala, speaking on behalf of the Cassinga survivors, said survivors have not yet recovered from the emotional and physical scars left behind by the massacre.
As we reflect on what happened that day, we remember hearing the shattering sounds of the bombs, people running all over the place screaming and seeing lifeless bodies lying on the ground, Hashipala said.
On the morning of 04 May 1978, the South African Defence Force ran an air strike on camp Cassinga near the village of Cassinga in southern Angola, followed by a deployment of paratroopers.
The camp was inhabited by exiled Namibians. Over 600 people died during the attack and about 400 people were wounded.