He was trained in Ethiopia by Colonel Fekadu Wakene in preparation for beccomming commander-in-chief of Umkhonto we Sizwe, the armed wing of the African National Congress (ANC). The group had announced its arrival at the end of 1961 by blowing-up electricity pylons in various places in South Africa. Mandela’s mission on his trip was to meet as many African political leaders as possible and garner assistance for the ANC, including money and training for its military wing. He left a deep impression on those who met him during his stay in the Ethiopian capital.
South African politician Fatima Hajaig was born on this day in 1938. Hajaig graduated from University of the Witwatersrand in 1963.
In 1967, she earned her LLB from Eötvös Loránd University in Hungary. She is a member of the African Union's Pan-African Parliament. She used to be chairperson of the committee of foreign affairs of the South African parliament. She was also a Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs under President Kgalema Motlanthe. In January2008, she summoned Israel's new ambassador to the Foreign Ministry to criticize Israeli actions in Gaza. This led to an official complaint by Israel to the South African Embassy in Tel Aviv because, it said, Hajaig insulted Elias Inbram, the Israeli Embassy's Ethiopia-born spokesman. At a COSATU rally in 2009 in Lenasia, she said “the control of America, just like the control of most Western countries, is in the hands of Jewish money and if Jewish money controls their country then you cannot expect anything else.” Her remarks about Jews were condemned by Foreign Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma who issued a statement saying such remarks are against foreign policy.