Like Chipenda arrived more than a month before, so also did his commander of the Cuando-Cubango district, Ondinga-Ondinga, who arrived at Calai on 8 July 1975 and contacted the South African Defence Force in Rundu. He was accompanied by five white supporters and about 20 flechas, or Bushman soldiers. There were more of his followers at Mpupa, about 60 kilometres from Calai. According to an intercepted radio message there were about 300. These people were really refugees and Ondinga was looking for assistance. He asked for supplies and weapons and promised to fight SWAPO. Brigadier D. Schoeman, the commanding officer of 1 Military Area, stood sympathetic towards this request, especially due to the promises relating to SWAPO.
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