The Conflict with Renamo, 1976-1992
«April 1985»

Dossier MZ-0020


1977 1978 September 1981


62. The Bandits' Objective is Recolonisation, Machel Tells Rand Daily Mail

Front page headline, RDM

Above : The front page headline of the last issue of the liberal South African newspaper the Rand Daily Mail, featuring an interview with Samora Machel by Benjamin Pogrund and José Caetano.

In an interview with South African journalists from the about-to-close-down Rand Daily Mail, President Machel began by acknowledging the newspaper's commitment to the idea of non-racial democracy. It was the responsibility of the South African government to comply with the terms of the Nkomati Accord; in addition, the armed bandits represented only "death, destruction, famine, brutality and hate". Socialism only means food, education and health services for everybody, and the participation of everybody in decision making.

A propaganda broadcast by "Radio Truth" claimed that Renamo was now mounting "in excess of 250" operations a month, and that recently a group of 450 fighters had infiltrated "the environs of Maputo itself".

On 20 April forty people were killed in an MNR attack near Boane.


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