07 December 2018
For Immediate Release
Solemn Unveiling of the Names of the Soviet/Russian Soldiers on the Wall of Names at Freedom Park
Freedom Park and the Embassy of the Russian Federation in the Republic of South Africa are delighted to announce that a solemn ceremony of unveiling of the names of the Soviet/Russian Soldiers on the Wall of Names will take place on 13 December 2018 at Freedom Park, Pretoria.
The Wall of Names comprises inscriptions with the names of 67 Soviet/Russian soldiers who sacrificed their lives to assist the liberation movement resulting in the establishment of a free and democratic South Africa. The relationship between Russia and South Africa dates back to the struggle years, during which many Soviet soldiers fought side-by-side with liberation armies, such as Umkhonto we Sizwe in South Africa, MPLA in Angola, FRELIMO in Mozambique.
The USSR provided financial aid and military expertise, assisted in personnel training and exerted pressure on the oppressive regimes in the international arena. The vital role these heroes played in the struggle for freedom, equality and human dignity shall not be forgotten, it is our duty to preserve their memory.
It is no coincidence that the names of the Soviet/Russian Soldiers inscribed on the Wall of Names will be unveiled in 2018 – the year that marks the Centenary of Nelson Mandela and Albertina Sisulu, the stalwarts of the anti-apartheid struggle and fearless champions of democracy and human rights. Nelson Mandela, in particular, has always treasured the assistance of the Soviet Union and Russia and expressed gratitude for the “solidarity of the Russian people in the South African fight against apartheid and for freedom.”
Members of the media are invited as follows:
Date: 13 December 2018
Venue: Freedom Park, Pretoria
012 336 4006/ 060 961 3851