ANC leaders to attend memorial services for Castro

2016-11-30 06:09
Fidel Castro (Picture: AP)

Fidel Castro (Picture: AP)

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Johannesburg - ANC leaders are on Wednesday expected to attend memorial services throughout the country in honour of Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro.

ANC deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa is scheduled to speak at the Intsebenziswano Primary School in Philippi, Cape Town at 18:00 and ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe at the Johannesburg City Hall at 14:00.

Castro died on Friday, aged 90.

His reign over the Caribbean island-nation was marked by the US-backed Bay of Pigs invasion in 1961 and the Cuban Missile Crisis a year later, that brought the world to the brink of nuclear war.

He was prime minister from 1959 to 1976 and president from 1976 to 2008, when ill health forced him to formally hand over power to his younger brother Raul.

The bearded revolutionary survived a crippling US trade embargo and dozens, possibly hundreds, of assassination plots.

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