SWAPO Captive

A Comrade’s Experience of Betrayal and Torture

Oiva Angula

A young Namibian goes into exile to join SWAPO's military wing, PLAN, in the late 1970s. After dedicating his life to the movement, a series of purges within the organisation lead to him being wrongfully branded an apartheid spy and traitor.
Date Published :
October 2018
Publisher :
Penguin Random House South Africa
Language:
English
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Paperback
ISBN : 9781776093618
Pages : 200
Dimensions : 9.2 X 6 inches
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Overview
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A young Namibian goes into exile to join SWAPO’s military wing, PLAN, in the late 1970s. After dedicating his life to the movement, a series of purges within the organisation lead to him being wrongfully branded an apartheid spy and traitor. So begins Oiva Angula’s terrifying story of betrayal and torture by his comrades, which culminates in imprisonment in the omalambo – the hidden pits in Lubango, Angola, into which he, along with many others, is cast and left to die. SWAPO Captive threads together personal narrative and national history, including childhood impressions that hint at a racially segregated existence, the rising tensions sparked by the apartheid regime’s rule over South West Africa, his father’s role in early liberation movements, and Angula’s own politicisation and decision to join the struggle. SWAPO Captive reveals little-known narratives from ‘the other side’ of the Border War: life in a PLAN training camp, political education in the Eastern Bloc, and a foot soldier’s role in the war for independence. Angula also addresses the ‘wall of silence’ imposed after independence in Namibia with respect to possible war crimes committed by SWAPO, condemning the party that claimed to fight for freedom for all.

About The Author
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Oiva Alikie Angula attended Martin Luther High School in Omaruru and was a founding member of the Namibian Black Students’ Organisation (NABSO) and leader of the local branch of the SWAPO Youth League. He became a member of SWAPO in 1975 and in 1978 joined SWAPO’s military wing, PLAN, in exile. He was educated at the Academy of Social Sciences and Social Management in Bulgaria and the International Institute for the Training of Journalists in Hungary.

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