Angola: It Is Time to Expose 40 Years of Corruption and the Cover-Up of Angola's Bloodiest Massacre

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The accusations of massive economic crimes against Africa's richest woman, Isabel dos Santos of Angola, have brought into sharp focus that country's often murky past. That past includes the 27 May 1977 massacre of tens of thousands of Angolan political dissidents -- and its implications for South Africa.

South Africans need to wake up to what is happening in Angola - and to what happened there 40 years ago.

Given that Angola was second "home" to Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK) for more than a decade before the African National Congress became South Africa's party of government for the next quarter of a century, what happens in Angola has a profound connection with South Africa.

After the MPLA regime - which governed Angola over the whole of that period - made a public accusation of corruption against Isabel dos Santos, Africa's richest woman, and the daughter of Angola's past president for 38 years, the issue of political corruption by the ruling political party now has a riveting global parallel for South Africans.

Angola's chief prosecutor, Helder Pitta Gros, told a news conference that "Isabel dos Santos is accused of mismanagement and embezzlement of funds" from the time that she was head...

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