The Conflict with Renamo, 1976-1992
«November 1987»

Dossier MZ-0020


1977 1978 September 1981


93. «Massacres Are the Principal Tactic of Apartheid» - Frelimo Party Politburo

Brothers in Tete

Above: Two young brothers, António Salamão and Eduardo Bernardo, photographed in Tete province in 1987. Their three younger brothers had all been killed by the MNR/Renamo. Photo: Patrick Eklef, Ziana.

The Political Bureau of the Frelimo Party issued a strongly-worded communiqué stating that "large-scale killing of peaceful populations, which was always a method used by the bandits, has now become their main tactic". The communiqué pointed to the atrocities in Homoine, Manjacaze and another ambush of a convoy in which 53 people died, in support of the assertion. After two weeks the Taninga death toll had risen to 278.

At the end of the month, in a third ambush near the same spot, 63 people were killed and another 78 wounded.

The Times Literary Supplement in London published a review of the book Serving Secretly by Ken Flower, who had been the head of the Rhodesian secret service from 1963 onward, and was deeply involved in the creation of and ongoing support (until Zimbabwe's independence) for the MNR/Renamo. The reviewer, David Caute, commented that the "book chokes on its own contradictions and hypocrisies" but was still "informative".


Click on the yellow folder image below to download an unsorted zipped archive of documents and press clippings in PDF format concerning the conflict between the Mozambican government and the MNR/Renamo in November 1987.

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