Zuma unveils Matola Monument in Maputo


President Jacob Zuma at the weekend unveiled the Matola Monument and Interpretative Centre Mozambique in memory of struggle heroes killed during a raid.

On January 31, 1981 the then SA Defence Force (SADF) raided ANC safe houses in Matola, Maputo and killed 13 members of Umkhonto Wesizwe (MK) and a Mozambican national.

Zuma was joined by Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi in a wreath laying ceremony at the gravesite in Llhanguene Cemetery.
“The unveiling of the memorial will enable South Africa to pay homage to the fallen soldiers and also acknowledge the sacrifices and contributions made by the Mozambicans towards a free, non-racial and democratic South Africa,” the Presidency said.

The Monument and Centre form part of government’s effort to redress historical imbalances in heritage sites and promotes social cohesion as well as nation building.

They also form part of the Liberation Heritage Route which preserves South Africa’s liberation legacy.
“South Africa and Mozambique share strong historical and fraternal ties dating back to the time of the fight against colonialism and apartheid,” the Presidency said.

The two countries share strong economic ties and have formed strong historic as well as strategic bilateral relations in many areas of co-operation over the last two decades.

President Zuma was accompanied by families of the victims, Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa, International Relations and Co-operation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi, Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula and the Deputy Minister responsible for Military Veterans, Kebby Maphatsoe.