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AZAPO MOURNS THE PASSING OF AN ICONIC REVOLUTIONARY AND THE COMMANDER IN CHIEF OF THE CUBAN REVOLUTION, FIDEL CASTRO

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AZAPO MOURNS THE PASSING OF AN ICONIC REVOLUTIONARY AND THE COMMANDER IN CHIEF OF THE CUBAN REVOLUTION, FIDEL CASTRO

Pretoria, Saturday 26 November 2016 – AZAPO President Professor Itumeleng Mosala today conveyed condolences, on behalf of the Azanian People’s Organisation (AZAPO), to the people of Cuba following the passing of a valiant fighter for freedom and liberation Fidel Castro.

In recounting the contribution of former President Castro to the cause of Black people, the oppressed, the poor and working class around the world, Professor Mosala said, “I remember how inspired I was to read Fidel Castro’s quote from 1966 saying ‘the blood of Africa runs deep in our veins’.”

“Indeed, President Castro spared no effort or resource in his quest to create the conditions for Black people, the poor and the working class to take their rightful places in society at all levels, in Cuba and throughout the world. His deep commitment to the freedom and well-being of all oppressed and working people around the world endured throughout his life. South Africa continues to benefit from this commitment through Cuban Doctors providing health service to our people and South African students studying in Cuba.”

“Many countries in Africa also owe their liberation to the support of Cuba, both in terms of political and military support. We remember the lives of Cuban patriots who perished while fighting apartheid and colonial forces.”

“The example set by the Commander in Chief of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, in overthrowing the dictatorship of Batista, refusing to cower to the power of America and its trade embargoes, his deep solidarity with all oppressed people, and in setting an independent development path for his people shall remain a shining light for those of us who seek the total liberation of humanity from hunger, poor health, ignorance, and exploitation.”

“Today we mourn the passing of a great revolutionary. Today we remember Fidel Castro and dip our banners in solemn memory for his enormous contribution to humanity.”

“Today we say to Fidel Castro, Hasta la victoria siempre!! Until Victory Always!! Venceremos!! We will win!!”

“Farewell dear Comrade, we will always remember our debt to you. Descanse en paz.”

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