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Minister of Arts and Culture, Mr. Paul Mashatile, Leads Delegation to Attend the 30th Anniversary of the Matola Raid

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Arts and Culture Minister, Paul Mashatile, is leading a South African delegation to Mozambique for the commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the Matola Raid. The Commemoration will take place on the 14th of February 2010.

The 1981 Matola Raid was the first open act of war by the apartheid government against Mozambique. During the raid South African commandos attacked houses in Matola where exiled members of the ANC lived, killing 13 people.

The 14th of February is a historic day, in that it was the day on which the casualties of the Matola Raid were buried.

Furthermore, on 14th February 1982, on the first commemoration event, the late Mozambican President, Samora Machel, called for the 14th of February to be declared as the day of friendship between South Africa and Mozambique.

This year’s commemoration will serve two main purposes.

Firstly, the respective Ministers of Arts and Culture of South Africa and Mozambique will sign a Memorandum of Understanding regarding the Conceptualization, Design, Development and Implementation of the Matola Raid Memorial Project; as well as signing a Program of Co-operation in the areas of Arts and Culture.

Secondly, at this year’s commemoration the design of the Matola Memorial and Interpretive Centre will be unveiled.

The event will be attended by, among others, the families and relatives of those who died in Matola; South African and Mozambican Cabinet Ministers and Senior ANC and Frelimo members.

The ceremony will take place at the Frelimo School Hall in Matola.

Percy Mthimkulu at: 082 389 2684
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