Did Machel pay the price for confronting apartheid?


- chronicle.co.zw | 6 days ago

“Apartheid, like colonialism, cannot be reformed,” President Machel had said, adding that “apartheid, like colonialism, must be eradicated.

” During that NAM meeting in Harare, President Machel had called for international support for the African National Congress (ANC), then an outlawed movement in South Africa, “and all South African democratic forces in the implementation of their anti-racist policy and broadening the great internal and external front against apartheid. ” That plane crash on October 19 in the Lebombo Mountains, Mbuzini, near South Africa’s border with Eswatini and Mozambique, robbed the Southern African Development Community (Sadc) of a charismatic leader who was committed to political and economic liberation of countries in the region.

Just six years earlier, President Machel, together with eight other heads of state and government from the region, had formed the Southern African Development Coordination Conference (SADCC) — precursor to Sadc — to push for the economic liberation of the majority ruled countries in the region by reducing their economic dependence on apartheid South Africa.

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