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The ambassador of the Republic of South Africa: government wishes to build monuments devoted to the ANC fighters in Angola

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The performance in municipality of Dembos, the northern Province of Bengo was one of the talking points on a trip by the ambassador of South Africa to Angola Fannie Mfana Phokola. The ambassador visited the former concentration camp of the African National Congress (ANC) in the Area of Kubaksa, Dembos.

In his speech, he mentioned a sincere desire of his government to create monuments in honor of the ANC defenders who opposed apartheid in Angola. He did not set concrete dates, and only noticed that in order to implement this project getting all required procedures to be discussed by the governments of two countries is crucial. At first, the South African government would like to discuss construction of monuments as historical heritage in Viana e Mulevo where there was one of the ANC transit bases.

He was also concerned by the fact that the administration in some burial places of the South African defenders did not understand the true purposes of cooperation between the two countries, and sees only the negative. He pointed out that all nine special military bases and those who battled against apartheid will always be remembered in South Africa.

One of Angolan politicians, Domingos Guilherme, the deputy governor Bengo on technical services and infrastructures brought up another fact important for the general history of Angola and South Africa. Only around Dembos there have been found two burial places, namely in the “Mata de Saúde” the town of Kimpungo and at the “Casa Nova” in the communist of the Piri.

The diplomatic visit by Fannie Mfana Phokola was welcomed by the Angolan government who would be glad to cooperate with the businessmen from South Africa.

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