Castro an unsurpassed socialist fighter - Malema

2016-11-26 22:19
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Pretoria- The late Cuban President Fidel Castro was an unsurpassed socialist who fought against the capitalist system.

Those were the words of EFF leader Julius Malema when he wrote a letter to Castro’s brother Raul.

“To us, Commander Fidel Castro is the unsurpassed socialist fighter who fought against capitalism as a system that promotes greed and profit at the expense of people’s development,” said Malema.

“What makes Companero Fidel Castro an outstanding leader of our revolution was his refusal to succumb to imperialism even under difficult conditions created by the illegal sanctions imposed by the imperialist USA.”

Praise for Cuba

The world woke up to the news of Castro’s passing on Saturday with many sending condolences to the Cuban nation. Many remembered his role in history and the liberation of South Africa.

Malema added that South Africans owed their democratic dispensation to the people of Cuba who humbled the arrogant and murderous apartheid regime during the battle of Cuito Cuanavale in Angola.

“It was during this battle that the South African apartheid soldiers suffered serious humiliation and the regime came to appreciate that it was not indispensable and this was so because of Cuban troops. The apartheid regime suffered serious financial losses and loss of life because the Cubans were unrelenting on their attack,” said Malema.

He further commanded the role Cubans played in providing medical personnel to developing nations. He said Castro was a world icon that should be celebrated by all. Malema added that his ideas would live forever and his passing would serve to strengthen their determination to continue fighting for socialism.

“The struggle of Cuban people is our struggle and we shall continue to fight side by side until we emerge victorious,” he said.

Mbeki's message

Former President Thabo Mbeki also sent condolences to the Castro family and said he would be remembered as a towering figure in the international revolutionary movement who stood and fought for all the oppressed.

“He served as a powerful inspiration to a number of generations in our own country, South Africa, as we engaged in struggle to end apartheid tyranny and build a democratic, non-racial and non-sexist country,” Mbeki said in a letter.

He added that history would never forget the immense contribution revolutionary Cuba made to the defence of the independence of Angola and related subsequent independence of Namibia.

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