The Conflict with Renamo
July-September 1979

Dossier MZ-0020

Soviet Army Officers Killed?

A report in the Johannesburg newspaper the Citizen was picked up by the Agence France Presse (AFP) in late August, claiming that five Soviet army officers had been killed in July during an ambush, presumably by the MNR, near Metuchipa in Nampula Province.

Meanwhile, the South African disinformation magazine To the Point carried a feature story by the reporter José Ramalho about a visit to an MNR base where he met André Matsangaisse, then the movement’s military commander. The MNR later became notorious in the rural areas of Mozambique as the Matsangas.

Decoration

1 July 1979
Prepara-se nova agressão contra a RPM: comunicado do Serviço Nacional de Segurança Popular. Tempo [Maputo], no.455, 1 July 1979, p.2. Click here to view or download a PDF, size 212 kb.

13 July 1979
José Ramalho. The threat from within: resistance group steps up attacks on Frelimo positions. To the Point [Johannesburg], 13 July 1979, p.8-11. Click here to view or download a PDF, size 313 kb.

August 1979
Plot foiled. Africa [London], no.96, August 1979. Click here to view or download a PDF, size 48 kb.

22 August 1979
Tribunal Militar Revolucionário condena inimigos do povo: oito criminosos sentenciados à morte por fuzilamento. Notícias [Maputo], 22 August 1979. Click here to view or download a PDF, size 243 kb.

26 August 1979
David Wood. Marxist Mozambique faces challenge from the right. Washington Star [Washington DC], 26 August 1979. Click here to view or download a PDF, size 189 kb.

31 August 1979
Soviet officers reportedly killed in guerrilla clash. Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FIBS) [Washington DC], 31 August 1979. Click here to view or download a PDF, size 230 kb.

Decoration