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Special Report
Transcripts for Section 7 of Episode 84

42:45A few Sundays ago the Special Report investigated the raids by the South African forces across the borders, mostly aimed against ANC officers and members. But there was another cross-border raid that fell into a different category, because it was aimed against the Namibian liberation movement, SWAPO. The attack on Cassinga in Angola is still the source of much bitterness among Namibians. Full Transcript
43:09Early morning, May 4, 1978. Cassinga , 250 kilometres north of the Namibian border. Several hundred SWAPO soldiers are on the parade ground. In the rest of the little town family members and refugees from Namibia do the household chores to prepare for another day in the bush. And then death rains from the sky. // There was no ground support. It was basically three companies, under the legendary Col Jan Breytenbach. But the three companies were fairly depleted companies. They were mostly citizen force, they were from one, two and three parachute battalions and the heavier support weapons they had were a few light anti-tank weapons and I think 60 mm mortars. And they flew in and dropped directly after the initial preparatory bombardment which was an aerial assault by the Camberers and the Buckaneers. // What kind of bombs do you use from these aircraft? What would they do? Destroy property or mostly go against personnel? Burn the place down? // The weaponry that the Camberers and the ...moreFull Transcript
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