Ethiopia’s contribution in building ANC’s military capacity quite a lot: Ambassador

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Addis Ababa, 12 December 2013 (WIC) - The contribution of Ethiopia in building the capacity of the armed wing of the Africa National Congress (ANC) was quite a lot, the South African Embassy in Addis Ababa said.

South African Ambassador Ndumiso N. Ntshinga told ENA on Tuesday that the military training provided by Ethiopia, Nigeria and Guinea Conakry helped the armed wing to be able fight the Apartheid regime.

Emperor Hailesilassie I organized training for Mandela in Addis Ababa after ANC decided to embark on armed struggle after the Apartheid regime banned the ANC. He also went to Nigeria and Guinea Conakry to get similar trainings.

Those countries participated quite a lot in building the capacity of the armed wing of ANC to be able fight the Apartheid regime from a military perspective. The military knowledge he got from the three countries enable him to become a soldier, the Ambassador said.

Mandela's visit to Ethiopia to get military training was the first foundation for the strong bilateral relation between the two countries.

Ethiopia's status of never been colonized became an inspiration for South Africans that “it is actually possible that we should not be colonized.” The two countries have built a very strong relationship even at government-to-government, party-to-party levels.

The Ambassador said they are still working to further expand the existing strong age-long relationship.

Ambassadors of various countries and foreign dignitaries residing in Addis Ababa expressed their condolences on the death of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela at the South African Embassy.

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