Monument for Matola raid

2010-10-29 11:43

South Africa and Mozambique are building a monument with an “interpretative centre” in memory of the Matola raid in that country, President Jacob Zuma said.

“The monument will not only be a reminder of those who died during the raid, but will also act as a testimony to the supreme price the people of Mozambique paid to help liberate South Africa,” Zuma said today during opening remarks at the start of a heads-of-state economic bilateral discussion with Mozambique in Pretoria.

The SA Defence Force carried out a raid on ANC houses in Matola, Mozambique on January 30, 1981.

Sixteen South Africans and one Portuguese national were killed.

The deceased included Mduduzi Guma, Lancelot Hadebe, Mandla Daka, Daniel Molokisi, Steven Ngcobo, Vusumzi Ngwema, Thabang Bookolane, Krishna Rabilal, Themba Dimba, William Khanyile, Motso Mokgabudi, Collin Khumalo, Levinson Mankankaza and Albert Mahutso.

This morning’s discussions were to review the work and progress of bilateral co-operation between the two countries. So far, 57 agreements had been signed.

“This is reflective of our desire and determination to work together to tackle common challenges that out countries face. We need to ensure full implementation of these agreements for the mutual benefits of our people,” said Zuma.

South Africa is Mozambique’s largest trading partner on the continent, Total exports by South Africa to Mozambique last year were valued at more than R13 billion.

In the same year, South Africa imported goods from Mozambique worth more than R3 billion.

South Africa was the largest investor in Mozambique.

Zuma added that there was a need to address food security in the region, by re-doubling agricultural co-operation.

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