Cape Town, South Africa - President Jacob Zuma has returned to South Africa after attending Tuesday’s celebrations in Congo-Brazzaville to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Brazzaville Peace Accord which ended civil war in Angola and paved the way for independence in Namibia.
The Congo-Brazzaville Protocol was signed in 1988 after the Battle of Cuito Cuanavale.
This was after the South African Defence Forces invaded Angola in a bid to oust the MPLA-led government.
The Cuban government and other liberation movements from the region, including the African National Congress (ANC), joined hands to help Angola.
Addressing delegates in Brazzaville, President Zuma noted that 11 Feb. also coincided with the release from prison of former President Nelson Mandela, after serving 27 years behind bars.
“His legacy of a free, united and developed Africa will continue to inspire us. We should continue to be inspired by his vision for peace and a prosperous Africa that is an equal partner in world affairs. As we pay tribute to him we also salute his spirit of African and international solidarity that he nurtured amongst us,” President Zuma said.
He described the Brazzaville Accord as a historic and memorable occasion in the history of both the Republics of Congo and Angola, as well as the people of Namibia, South Africa and Cuba.
“Today, we walk tall as African people owing to the sacrifices and struggles of the Angolan people, and the unreserved support from the government and the people of Cuba, who stood firm and fought hard in defence of freedom,” he said.
President Zuma said he hoped the troubled Central African Republic and South Sudan “can draw inspiration from the historic accord we are celebrating today”.