South Africa Returns Rhodesian Cabinet, State Files

Director Media Services in the Ministry of Media, Information and Broadcasting Services, Dr Major Anywhere Mutambudzi, confirmed South Africa had returned Rhodesian Cabinet and State files. 

The documents which will be presented to President Emmerson Mnangagwa tomorrow, were deposited at Rhodes University by Ian Smith after Zimbabwe gained independence in 1980. The documents were returned following negotiations between Zimbabwe and South Africa. Said Mutambudzi:

The Cabinet files were taken to South Africa by Smith when the Rhodesian Front had collapsed and were deposited as his personal documents at Rhodes University. These were State documents and reveal sensitive issues on the decision making processes by the Rhodesian system. They were negotiations between the Government of Zimbabwe and the Government of South Africa and the documents have been repatriated home. On Wednesday they are going to be handed over to the President at State House.

National Archives of Zimbabwe director Irvine Murambiwa told The Herald that the Cabinet files and some of the State papers repatriated covered periods as far back as 1927.

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