This revolutionary icon will forever be remembered for his contribution to South Africa and Africa as a whole.

His death is a loss not limited to Cuba or a particular ideology, but Castro led the oppressed and the striving from the front and stood up to every attempt at stifling the voice of freedom. His contribution and unflinching support for South Africa’s cause on various fora will always remain deeply etched in the minds and hearts of the South African people.

South Africa and Cuba have maintained longstanding relations dating back to the struggle against apartheid and colonialism in the sub region of Africa, in whose defeat Cuba played a vital role.