Black African nations are continuing to condemn alleged acts of aggression by South Africa during a debate by the Security Council at the United Nations.
Black African nations are continuing to condemn alleged acts of aggression by South Africa during a debate by the Security Council at the United Nations. The debate follows allegations by Zambia that South African troops had killed 24 people at the border area with South West Africa (Namibia).
SYNOPSIS: The latest to join the debate on Wednesday (28 July) was Zaire. Mr. Emany Mata Likambe said countries such as Zambia and Namibia were in a state of defence. He said it was known that the United Nations and the International Court of Justice had ruled that the continued presence of South Africa on Namibia was illegal. Mr. Likambe said the situation was the same with the minority regime in Rhodesia headed by Prime Minister Ian Smith.
A number of African nations have contrasted the incidents South Africa is accused of with South Africa's advocacy of a dialogue with its black neighbours. Zambia has said that South Africa launched an attack on 11 July which left 24 Africans dead and 45 wounded. The South African Ambassador Roelof Botha said his government had no knowledge of the attack but acknowledged that there had been incidents on both sides of the border in the past. Mr. Likambe said he felt joy and pride when he heard the Zambian speaker who said that South African believed she was intimidating African countries by burning villages, attacking and killing freedom fighters. But he had gone on to say this was the contrary. Their courage was hardened, he said.