SAFETY and security minister Charles Namoloh will be the keynote speaker during the Cassinga Day commemorative event which will take place at the border town of Helao Nafidi in the Oshikango constituency of the Ohangwena region tomorrow.
Except members of the public, Cassinga massacre survivors from all 14 regions are also expected to attend the event.
The Cassinga massacre occurred on the 4th of May 1978 when an airborne force of the South African Defence Force (SADF) attacked the Cassinga settlement in the Huila province of Angola.
The settlement is described by Swapo as a transit camp for Namibians refugees, but the then SADF insisted that it was Swapo guerrillas’ forward command headquarters from where fighters were deployed to attack SADF positions and to hit soft targets inside Namibia.
Estimates of the number of Namibians killed at Cassinga range between 600 and 1,000.
The day was declared a public holiday immediately after independence in 1990.