Mass Graves Discovered Near SA Military Base In Namibia

15 November 2005

Madam Speaker, the discovery of two mass graves near an apartheid era South African military base in Namibia is a grim reminder of the price paid by many in the struggle for independence. All indicators are that the mass graves near Eenhana, the home base of the former SA Defence Force 54th Battalion from 1966 to 1989, contain the remains of Swapo combatants.

The ANC empathises with the people of Namibia and joins the call by President Pohamaba for those who have knowledge of this and other such incidences to reveal the truth. The Namibian government, like the ANC-led government has adopted a policy of national reconciliation, therefore knowing the truth will assist the process. The need to know the truth is a natural element to the healing process.

Namibia and South Africa have a sad history, both having successfully overcome the same oppressive regime in the same decade. The Namibian people have a right to pay tribute to those who were killed in a fitting and dignified manner and families have a right to know what happened to their loved ones.

The ANC has confidence that our government will assist the Namibian people in resolving this very painful episode in our history. I thank you.

ANC Member of Parliament

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