Statement By Mr Chris Gololo On The Cuban Five

20 October 2009

The ANC wants to acknowledge the presence in the House of Almeida Che Guevara and Camillo Guevara representing the Cuban people here today.

Almeida and Camillo are in South Africa to raise awareness about the Cuban five, Gerardo Hernandez, Ramon Labanino, Antonio Guerrero, Fernando Gonzalez and Rene Gonzalo who are illegimately and illegally held in USA prisons.

The Cuban five have been in the in the USA to monitor the activities of the Miami based anti Cuban groups to prevent terrorist attacks on Cuba. These Miami based organizations have mounted various attacks on the island over years in which as many as 3000 people have been killed as a result of their actions.

They were sentenced in June 2001 in a US federal court to 15 years, 19 years and life respectively for committing so-called espionage. The Cuban Five was not convicted because they violated USA laws but because their work exposed those that were doing so. By infiltrating the terror networks that is allowed to exist in Florida they exposed the hypocrisy and double standards with regards to the fight against terrorism.

Cubans played a very important role in the liberation of Angola, Namibia and South Africa and therefore the ANC wishes to reaffirm our solidarity with the Cuban people by demanding that these five gallant and heroic Cubans be released from prison and reunited with their families and compatriots.

Venceremos.

Chris Gololo, MP
Tel: 021 403 3482