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South Africa: Remembering Madiba: Time for a United Sout Africa
Source: www.sanews.gov.za
Source Date: Thursday, December 22, 2016
Focus: ICT for MDGs, Institution and HR Management
Country: South Africa
Created: Dec 22, 2016

“The unity that we must work with great urgency to build should be underpinned by the discipline and principles that leaders such as Madiba subscribed to as well as the values contained in our Constitution and the vision of a free, just and united nation that it describes,” he said.
“The Constitution is not only the supreme law of the Republic. It also informs who we are and what we want to be. The unity that we must work to build must be founded on the principles of non-racialism and non-sexism.
“It requires that we grapple directly with the attitudes, practices, institutions and material circumstances that perpetuate racism and sexism. Fundamentally, we need to redress the economic inequality that underpins racial division in our society,” said the Deputy President.
He said for as long as the natural state of the black South African is poor and the natural state of the white South African is privileged, South Africa will never succeed in building a non-racial society.
The Deputy President said for as long as the economic and social conditions of women are inferior to those of men, the country will never succeed in building a non-sexist society.
If South Africa is to be a united nation, the Deputy President said there is an urgent need to redistribute the wealth of the country.
“A united South Africa requires the restoration of the land to those who work it. It requires meaningful transfer of ownership and control over the country’s natural resources, over the means of production, to the people as a whole.”
Nelson Mandela Foundation Chief Executive Officer, Sello Hatang, also raised concern on a number of issues affecting South Africa economically and politically, including student protests. He asked the nation “what would Madiba say?”
Hatang said South Africans should ask themselves what was all that struggle (that Nelson Mandela, uMkhonto we Sizwe (MK), and other struggle stalwarts endured) about, if poor people remained poor or even worse.
“We are not leading the reality of Madiba’s dreams,” said Hatang.
Public Service and Administration Deputy Minister Ayanda Dlodlo reflected on the foundation of MK which Madiba co-founded.
The Deputy Minister joined the armed wing as a teenager, but memories of the struggle still lingers in her head decades later.
She spoke as a former uMkhonto we Sizwe member, saying she was taught during the arms struggle that there is nothing more precious than liberating her people.
She was worried that South Africa fails to take care of MK veterans as stipulated in the preamble of the constitution. She said some are seen pushing trolleys at the malls, and others do not even have shelter.
“This is a country that we all thought would give us what we have given it. It is a country that we thought equality would rule as enshrined in our Constitution, but that equality is evasive,” said the Deputy Minister. 

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