SOUTH AFRICA HONOURS FIDEL CASTRO
*Caption: The late Cuban leader, Fidel Castro. (Photo credit – Daily Maverick)
Written by: Sihle Makhowana
South Africa is paying tribute to the fallen Cuban leader Fidel Castro in a memorial service which featured a lot of high profile leaders held in Johannesburg at the Johannesburg City Hall.
The death of Castro has not gone unnoticed as leaders from several countries have all acknowledged the role and contribution he made in ensuring freedom of countries world-wide.
Castro who died at the age of 90 after battling with illness since 2008 has been described as a selfless revolutionist who compromised his own life and fought for freedom of many countries including his own in Cuba.
Max Sisulu, ANC stalwart and apartheid activist shared a very emotional story where he said he had the pleasure and honour of meeting with Fidel.
“I had a great honour of meeting Fidel, he had a warm heart, he always had a twinkle in his eyes he always said the future is yours,” said Sisulu.
“We will always remember for having contributed to our country, our freedom, we are where we are today because of what fidel and Cuba did for our country,” added Sisulu.
Amongst other leaders present at the memorial was Chair of the African Union Commission, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma who described the role Castro played in South Africa and other African African countries in concurring apartheid and other colonial regimes in Africa.
“The Cubans contributed not by speeches but by blood to our liberation and to the liberation of in Africa in fact the canvas of our liberation is heavily woven together by the portraits of fidel castro,” said Dlamini-Zuma.
“We are celebrating a life of a revolutionary who was not afraid to go to prison for his ideals, who mobilised who at the age of 32 had successfully concluded and liberated the people of Cuba, he was a revolutionary and one of a kind,” added Dlamini-Zuma.
The Presidency statement said that President Zuma will travel to Havana to attend Castro’s funeral‚ and that the national flag “is flying at half-mast in the South African mission in Cuba until the 4th of December”.
“President Zuma has reiterated that the people of South Africa share the loss of the Cuban people and stand with them in this time of grief and mourning,” announced the Presidency.