The significance of the battle encourages an appreciation of the importance that global solidarity played in the emancipation of Southern Africa and Africa. The commemoration of this battle pays homage to all those who made the ultimate sacrifice for South Africa’s liberation.
The Battle of Cuito Cuanavale, which took place from 1987 to 1988, is regarded as one of the final battles of the Cold War. This battle is perceived to have changed the history and political landscape of the Southern African region. At the previously insignificant village of Cuito Cuanavale, Angolan, Namibian and Cuban forces triumphed over the Apartheid military forces, whilst South African liberation army fighting in Northern Angola managed to contain the Angolan rebel armies, thus preventing them from reinforcing the apartheid army.
As a custodian of our constitutional democracy initiatives like this will assist in healing the divisions of the past and unite Africans, including those living in the African Diaspora, in the endeavour to building a sustainable and peaceful Africa and world.