In honor of Fidel Castro the South African government has ordered that the national flags be flown at half mast at all stations in South Africa today and on the date of Castro’s funeral.
One common factor between Cuba and South Africa is white oppression; an oppression backed by the United States government.
As Fidel succeeded with the Cuban revolution, he supported Africa in the fight against imperialism. He did not spare any help in seeing countries like South Africa free for the apartheid government which Reagan administration in the United States opposed because it will give more fame to the communist concept all over the world.
“Castro and his African allies saw fertile ground for the spread of communist “revolution” in these wars for independence. In turn, the Soviets provided arms and aid — turning parts of Africa into a stage for Cold War proxy battles”. –Washington Post.
Fidel deployed 36,000 Cuban troops to support and train African soldiers in Angola for the anti-imperialist war against the apartheid regime.
Nelson Mandela recalls that moment while locked away in Robben Island. He had heard that Fidel Castro’s Cuban troops had arrived Angola in 1975. Mandela wrote this from his jail cell, to commemorate that overwhelming moment.
“It was the first time that a country had come from another continent not to take something away, but to help Africans to achieve their freedom.”
With the help of the Cuban troop, the 1988 Angolan victory against apartheid was achieved. Mandela said that the unexpected gesture “destroyed the myth of the invincibility of the white oppressor and inspired the fighting masses of South Africa.”
On his release after 27 years of imprisonment, Mandela’s first trip was Cuba. During that trip, Mandela registered his immense gratitude for Castro’s aid to South Africa and Africa as a whole.
“We have come here today recognizing our great debt to the Cuban people. What other country has such a history of selfless behavior as Cuba has shown for the people of Africa?”
Castro himself described Mandela as a “source of inspiration to all freedom-loving people.”
Record has it that at least 4,300 Cubans laid down their lives in the Angolan fight against apartheid. Even after the victory against imperialism, Cuban troops and other professionals stayed back in Africa to guard and help till there was no more evidence of white oppression.
It was not just in SA. Fidel deployed an overall 400,000 Cuban troops to serve and support Africa against colonialism.