Zuma thanks African countries for their support during apartheid

Zuma thanks African countries for their support during apartheid

15 February 2014

President Jacob Zuma has thanked African countries for their unreserved and unconditional support for the struggle that brought the apartheid regime to an end.

Speaking at the 25th Anniversary celebrations of the signing of the Brazzaville Protocol, Zuma said the accord is a historic and memorable occasion in the history of both republics of Congo and Angola, as well as the people of Namibia and South Africa.

Zuma says he hopes the accord would be an inspiration for Sudan to seek a negotiated solution for the conflict that continues to haunt that region. The accord was signed on December 11, 1988 by former foreign minister Pik Botha on behalf of South Africa, Cuban vice-minister of foreign affairs Ricardo Alarcon and Antonio Franca N'Dalu, the then vice-minister of defence of Angola.

The Industrialist and Philanthropist Ivor Ichikowitz says it is important for the future to know the past. "The Brazzaville Accord in itself was the event that kicked off an entire domino effect that resulted in the end of hostility in Angola, the unbanning of the African National Congress (ANC), the independence of Namibia and ultimately the freeing of Nelson Mandela and the fall of apartheid in South Africa," says Ichikowitz.

Ichikowitz says it is very important for us Africans to celebrate such events and and look backwards to key events that define our history. "I think that the 25th anniversary is an opportunity to look back and identify the events as it was led by Africans to bring an African solution," he adds.

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