n Journal for Contemporary History - Airborne assault on Cassinga base, 4 May 1978

Volume 34, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0258-2422
  • E-ISSN: 2415-0509



By the end of 1976 the mandate the RSA held over SWA / Namibia had already been withdrawn by the UN General Assembly. Simultaneously SWAPO had been recognised, by the Assembly, as the ''sole and authentic representative of the Namibian people''. This obviously meant that, with SWAPO now taking up a ''legitimised'' aggressive posture, surrogate Cuban military advisors and civil administrators could ''legitimately'' deploy with SWAPO to make sure that Sam Njoma and his SWAPO hierarchy adopted the Russian Communist line for the ''liberation'' of SWA. Afterwards the same recipe would be followed for the ''liberation'' of South Africa except that MK guerrillas would take over the baton from SWAPO's PLAN forces.

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