The Secret History of How Cuba Helped End Apartheid in South Africa

Fidel Castro y Nelson Mandela
Fidel Castro y Nelson Mandela.  Foto:

Democracy Now

HAVANA TIMES – As the world focuses on Tuesday’s historic handshake between President Obama and Cuban President Raúl Castro, we look back at the pivotal role Cuba played in ending apartheid and why Castro was one of only five world leaders invited to speak at Nelson Mandela’s memorial.

In the words of Mandela, the Cubans destroyed the myth of the invincibility of the white oppressor … [and] inspired the fighting masses of South Africa.’

Historian Piero Gleijeses argues that it was Cuba’s victory in Angola in 1988 that forced Pretoria to set Namibia free and helped break the back of apartheid South Africa.

We speak to Gleijeses about his new book, “Visions of Freedom: Havana, Washington, Pretoria, and the Struggle for Southern Africa, 1976-1991,” and play archival footage of Mandela meeting Fidel Castro in Cuba.



21 thoughts on “The Secret History of How Cuba Helped End Apartheid in South Africa

  • December 18, 2013 at 7:33 am

    This is what Afro Cubans need to remember! All of the other crap makes no difference Unless and until ALL people are free Noone is free I was there that day I will never forget it In Matanzas where we live

  • December 17, 2013 at 5:33 am

    Communism, as written by Karl Marx, and the second international, defines a true communist society cannot operate through class control, it is classless, so technically the ussr and china etc were not communist they were weird mixes of fascism and communism and socialism etc labelled commonly as Stalinism or Maoism or whatever, and referred to their states as socialist. I know this stuff and I’m barely 16 you numbskull. Communism cannot have any class divide that us the point of communism, whereas socialism or fascism or nazism can. Learn your stuff before you comment on politics.

  • December 15, 2013 at 9:07 pm

    Oh I get the point you are attempting to make. The problem is your point is a very weak one.

    All these counties you list are run by Communist parties. Whenever communist parties gain power they implement the same totalitarian system. You like to pretend your imaginary communist system, which has never existed, is the true communism, while the real life examples are not real communism.

    The states that actually existed are the real communism. The one in your wooly head is the fake one. Get it?

    Do they not have psychiatrists where you live who can help you deal with your delusions?

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