A South African infantryman during the Border War, in the 1980s. By the end of the ’80s, South Africa had been involved in combating SWAPO and its aliies for two whole decades, and finally in 1988 negotiations between the United States and the Soviet Union began, leading to the removal of Soviet/Cuban support in Angola in exchange for the eventual withdrawal of South African troops from Namibia.
Under UN direction, Namibia was put on the path to independence, and on March 21, 1990, Pres. F.W. de Klerk officially handed off Namibia to the newly elected Sam Nujoma of SWAPO.
(Collection of HR Heitman)