SEROWE, BOTSWANA, Gwede Mantashe, the Secretary-General of South African ruling partyy, the African National Congress (ANC), has stressed the importance of the continent's liberation movements sticking together through trying times.
Speaking at the 55th anniversary of the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) in Serowe, Botswana, over the weekend, Mantashe thanked the Botswana ruling party for their role in South Africa's liberation when it otswana gave the ANC refuge to hold its first conference in exile in 1962, after it was banned by the apartheid regime of South Africa.
The formation of the BDP coincided with the first conference of the ANC in exile following its banning by the apartheid regime.
The ANC used this landlocked country during those dark days in the history of South Africa to cross to other countries where its cadres could receive military training.
Mantashe said the of those days solidarity was still significant today. No party grows and survives on its own. Every party in its lifetime gets under siege, and when it is under siege, it needs support of sister parties. We are talking from experience. If it was not for international solidarity, we would have never had our freedom.
Botswana President Ian Khama said his country's contribution to the struggle against oppressive regimes was not only limited to South Africa. We also welcomed others from the region, including Samora Machel from Mozambique, president Geingob and president Nujoma from Namibia, and of course president Robert Mugabe (of Zimbabwe). Botswana played important role in the liberation struggle of your country and other countries in the region, because we found ourselves right in the middle.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK