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Freedom Park Receives the Names of the Soviet Russian Heroes and Heroines Who Fell in The South African Liberation struggle

Freedom Park will today hold a ceremony to honour and pay tribute to the Soviet Russia people who contributed to the South African liberation struggle. The Russian Ambassador His Excellency Mikhael Ivanovich Petrakov, will hand over the names of the fallen heroes and heroines to Freedom Park CEO Jane Mufamadi.

As South Africa celebrates the centenary of Oliver Tambo, this event could not be more opportune. The event rekindles the close relationship these heroes and the entire Soviet Russia community had with the late struggle stalwart, Comrade Oliver Reginald Tambo.

This momentous event will be attended by Ambassadors and High Commissioners from other countries resident in Pretoria, government officials, officials from related institutions and Researchers.

Freedom Park is mandated to honour those who died in the struggle for freedom and humanity and to foster reconciliation, social cohesion and nation building in the country. This is better reflected in its memorialisation of over 85 000 heroes and heroines who perished in the eight conflicts that shaped South Africa we have today. These conflicts include pre-colonial wars, Wars of resistance Genocides, Slavery, First World War, Second World War, South African War and the Liberation struggle. 

On the liberation struggle, Freedom Park narrated and exhibited the four pillars that defined people struggles against the most heinous and diabolic system called apartheid, correctly defined by the United Nations as a crime against humanity. The four pillars of the struggle against apartheid were: underground struggle, armed struggle, mass struggle and international solidarity.

Freedom Park, could not be more proud, to be the conduit of Soviet Russia political, social and economic footprints in the African continent. These names will remain an epitome and eternal testimony of true global diplomatic relations between Soviet Russia and South Africa.

Media is invited to attend as follows: Date: Wednesday 11 October 2017 Venue: Freedom Park, Pretoria Time: 13h30 -16h00

Distributed by APO on behalf of Republic of South Africa: Department of Government Communication and Information.
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