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South Africa and Angola collaborate in repatriation process

13 September 2018

Pretoria - At the request of President Cyril Ramaphosa, Justice and Correctional Services Minister Michael Masutha will today, Thursday, 13 September 2018, attend and address the Angolan government’s special repatriation ceremony of the remains of its late General Arlindo Chenda Pena “Ben Ben”. General Pena is a former Deputy Chief of Staff of the Angolan Armed Forces who passed away in South Africa in October 1998.

The ceremony will be held at the Waterkloof Air Force Base in Pretoria as part of South Africa’s assistance to the Republic of Angola in the repatriation process which will contribute to reconciliation among the Angolan nation.

In support of President João Lourenço’s drive to give recognition to Angolans who fought in the anti-colonial struggle for liberation, President Ramaphosa has agreed to assist and support efforts by the Angolan government to greater peace, reconciliation and unity.

The Angolan government delegation to the Air Force Base Waterkloof ceremony will be led by Minister of Justice and Human Rights Rui Mangueira and will include several Generals of the Angolan armed forces.

Members of the media are invited as follows:
Time: 9h00
Venue: Waterkloof Air force Base (Movements)
RSVPs: Terrence Manase 082 338 6707 / Max Mpuzana 073 149 7657

Issued by the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development
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