Cassinga Day

Cassinga Day

May 4
On May 4, 1978, South African forces attacked a SWAPO (South West Africa People's Organization) base located in the old Angolan mining town of Cassinga. Hundreds of Namibians died during the attack. Although Namibia eventually won its political independence in 1990 and is currently ruled by the SWAPO party government, a national holiday is declared every year on the anniversary of the attack to commemorate those who died in their country's struggle for independence.
CONTACTS:
Namibian Embassy
1605 New Hampshire Ave. N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20009
202-986-0540; fax: 202-986-0443

Celebrated in: Namibia

References in periodicals archive ?
Joel Kaapanda who visited the community to commemorate Cassinga Day on 3 May 2014 as well as acquaint himself with the new constituency.
Cassinga Day (4 May) recalls the South African Defence Force's 1978 raid on a SWAPO refugee and military training camp in Angola, when hundreds of exiles died; Heroes' Day (26 August) marks the first armed contact in 1966 between SWAPO guerrillas and the South African forces at Omgulumbashe in remote north-western Owambo.
Speaking at the joint event to commemorate both Workers Day and Cassinga Day as well as celebrate Namibia's 24th Independence anniversary in Mariental on Thursday (1st May), the Minister said Namibia faces two challenges, unemployment first, and secondly the lack of decent work.