With the aim of negotiating with the Angolan government in Luanda, the occupation was not divulged to the South African media. Reports of the incident, however, soon appeared in the Portuguese news. Amongst other things, it was implied that the occupation should be seen as an attempt at seizing the Kuanyama area in Angola.
The Portuguese ambassador in Pretoria was informed about the circumstances surrounding the incident by the Department of Foreign Affairs on 12 August 1975, and on 18 August the minister, P.W. Botha himself, paid a visit to the terrain. It was explained to the ambassador that the South African Defence Force would evacuate the area as soon as the safety of labourers and material could be ensured sufficiently by the Portuguese.
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